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Pompeo called for Taliban-Afghan government peace talks

16 Mar 2019 Raha Press

Speaking in an interview

with Fox News released on Friday, Pompeo said that the US has made some

progress both with the Afghan government and the Taliban.

As US has held five rounds

of talks with the Taliban, Pompeo said there is no deal at this point.

“We don’t have final

resolution there but we are working towards a political reconciliation. We’ve

been hard at it Ambassador Khalilzad has been on the ground in Doha for six or

eight days back I think yesterday,” Pompeo said.

He said that US President

Donald Trump had made clear that his objective in Afghanistan is to end the

“endless war.”

“But he wants to do it in a

way that we don’t increase risk to the United States from terror acts coming

from Afghanistan,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo also said that the US

was not dealing from weakness.

“We’re not naive. We know

precisely who it is we’re sitting across the table from whether that’s in Korea

or Iran or in. Afghanistan. We know who these people are and we’re picking

points where America can be more secure,” Pompeo said.

Asked about Pakistan which

is accused of supporting the Taliban, Pompeo called on the country to do more.

“They have to stop harbouring this terror,” Pompeo said.

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