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President Trump’s Visit to Afghanistan, Growing Speculation over Talks, Troops Withdrawal

Published Nov 30, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

US President Donald Trump’s unannounced trip to Afghanistan where he celebrated the US holiday Thanksgiving with troops and met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has given a fillip to speculation on resumption of talks with the Taliban even though there are conflicting voices that are coming from the rebels. 

The President said at Bangram Air Base, “The Taliban wants to make a deal.  We’ll see if they want to make a deal.  It’s got to be a real deal, but we’ll see.  But they want to make a deal.  And they only want to make a deal because you’re doing a great job.  That’s the only reason they want to make a deal.  So I want to thank you, and I want to thank the Afghan soldiers for really — I’ve spoken to a lot of you today, and you say they’re really fighting hard.  I was very impressed with that, actually.  So I want to thank you”.

He added, “I want to thank all of the Afghanistanian troops.  We have a lot of them here, actually.  We have a number of them standing around, saying hello and waving.  And we appreciate it.  And I also say to you, just “at ease.” 

Though there has been a firm statement that has been made by the US President formal talks are yet to begin thus there are differing versions that are being floated by the two sides.

With President Trump keen to enter the polls year in the United States 2020 having fulfilled his manifesto of 2016 to seek re-elections it remains to be seen if there will be some progress in the talks which are presently hindered by the demand by the US and the Afghan side though tacitly for a cease fire and intra Afghan talks. The Taliban on the other hand is pursuing a single point agenda of withdrawal of foreign troops.