US President Donald Trump has said the Afghanistan harmony talks with the Taliban are “dead”, saying the United States had hit the group harder over the most recent four days than whenever in 10 years.
“They (talks with the Taliban) are dead. As far as I’m concerned, they’re dead,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.
US President Donald Trump Says, “They (talks with the Taliban) are dead”
The president had stunned the world on Saturday when he reported the undoing of a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David close to Washington. It came after the Taliban asserted the obligation of an assault in Kabul a week ago, in which an American trooper was among the dead.
“They (the Taliban) thought that (they) had to kill people to put themselves in a little better negotiating position… You can’t do that with me,” Trump said while responding to a question about his decision to cancel the talks.
“So, they dead as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “We have hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they have been hit in over 10 years. So that’s the way it is.”
Trump said the choice to welcome the Taliban to Camp David was his, as was the call to drop it.
Advocating the move, the president underlined that he didn’t need the gathering to occur under conditions
“Where they (Taliban) go around and try and make themselves a little bit more important by killing a soldier and also a total of 12 people”.
The Taliban, Trump said, did a mistake. “We want to get out (of Afghanistan). But we’ll get out at the right time,” he said.
“We have been serving as policemen in Afghanistan, and that was not meant to be the job of our Great Soldiers, the finest on earth,” Trump tweeted earlier. “Over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!”