Taliban Peace Deal Halted “for Now,” Pompeo Says
President Trump “pulled the plug” on big meeting
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared that peace talks with the Taliban over settling the war in Afghanistan are “dead—for now.”
“We had a commitment that they would meet in Oslo to begin to begin reconciliation conversation, and then the Taliban overreached,” Pompeo said. “They killed an American in an effort to gain leverage at the negotiating table, and President Trump said ‘enough.’”
In a series of weekend tweets, President Trump revealed that he had scheduled secret meetings at Camp David for talks to wrap up the deal that would have included both the Taliban representative and the president of Afghanistan. But he also revealed that he pulled the plug at the last minute, outraged over continued Taliban attacks.
“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,” President Trump tweeted. “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. … If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.”
- For President Trump and Secretary Pompeo as they determine whether to try to resume negotiations for a peace in Afghanistan.
For President Trump and Defense Secretary Esper as they look to next steps for America’s military in Afghanistan.