‘Will cost more American lives’: Taliban on Trump's decision to call off peace talks in Afghanistan
Kabul (Afghanistan) | Jagran News Desk: The Taliban on Sunday termed US President Donald Trump’s decision to call off peace talks as ‘unbelievable’ and said that 'it will cost more American lives.'
“A few days ago, we finalised an agreement with the US, the text of which was sent to the leaders of both delegations and provided to Qatar. Everyone was satisfied. It was agreed that Qatar would announce the deal. However, the disappointing tweets by President Trump are unbelievable and damaged his credibility,” said spokesperson for the Taliban's political office in Doha, Suhail Shaheen in a Tweet in Arabic.
Another Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid also criticised Trump's decision and said the US forces have been pounding Afghanistan with attacks at the same time.
"This will lead to more losses to the US. Its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase," Mujahid said.
Trump on Saturday said that he has called off peace negotiations with the Taliban after the group claimed responsibility for the Kabul car bombing which killed 12 people, including an American soldier.
“Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday,” Trump said.
Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
“Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,” he added.
However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US is still working toward a deal but it will not proceed until the Taliban delivers on its commitments.
The US has been negotiating with the Taliban in the last few months at Doha despite the group's reluctance to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, which it views as a US puppet.
(With agency inputs)
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