Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Breitbart | 7/10/2018 | Staff
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday while returning from his trip to Asia. At a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pompeo stressed that Kabul must take the lead in peace talks with the Taliban.

Pompeo said U.S. strategy for Afghanistan “is indeed working,” but the next steps must be taken by the Afghan government.

Peace - Talks - Outside

“We can’t run the peace talks; we can’t settle this from the outside,” he said.

Pompeo said the U.S. will “support, facilitate, and participate in these discussions,” but emphasized negotiations with the Taliban must be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.”

Region - World - Place - Way - Afghan

“The region and the world are all tired of what are taking place here in the same way that the Afghan people are no longer interested in seeing war,” he declared.

The secretary of state asserted that the Taliban understands U.S. resolve and is “beginning to see that they cannot wait us out.”

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Ghani praised the Trump administration’s regional strategy, including pressure on Pakistan to better control the borders of its notorious tribal region, long a safe haven for Taliban leaders and a breeding ground for militants.

“Because of this strategy and the conditions-based nature of it, we, the members of the government, have been able to take bold steps outside the box and articulate an agenda of peace that is truly comprehensive and asks for engagement,” the Afghan president said.

Ghani - Government - Ceasefire - June - Muslim

Ghani’s government called for a ten-day ceasefire in June to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid. The Taliban proceeded to murder 17 Afghan police officers in a predawn attack, then announced its own three-day cease-fire, although it stressed that attacks on everyone it considered a “foreign invader” would continue.

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