Secretary Pompeo Speaks on Afghan Peace
“We’ve made real progress”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a brief, unannounced visit to Afghanistan, just days before the start of a fresh round of peace talks. He said that Washington is hopeful that a peace agreement can be reached before September 1 that would bring an end to the 17-year war there.
“We’ve made real progress and are nearly ready to conclude a draft text outlining the Taliban commitments to join fellow Afghans in ensuring that Afghan soil never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists,” Secretary Pompeo said. He added that discussions with the Taliban have also begun on U.S. troop withdrawal.
“While we’ve made clear to the Taliban that were prepared to remove our forces, I want to be clear we’ve not yet agreed on a timeline to do so,” the secretary said.
- That the ongoing talks aimed at peace in Afghanistan would bear fruit before September 1.
For Secretary Pompeo and his engagement with others in the region over the tensions with Iran.