Trump’s Negotiator Returns to Afghanistan to Resume Peace Talks

US Department of Defense

President Trump’s negotiator for Afghanistan has returned to the country to resume peace talks.

According to The Hill:

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration’s negotiator for peace talks in Afghanistan, is traveling to the region as the White House seeks to restart negotiations with the Taliban.

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The State Department announced Wednesday that Khalilzad departed Tuesday for his first trip to the region since President Trump announced he would revive discussions with the Taliban after declaring them “dead” earlier this year.

Khalilzad will meet with Afghan government representatives and other Afghan leaders in Kabul to discuss “how best to support accelerated efforts to get all parties to intra-Afghan negotiations,” the State Department said in a statement. He will also meet with Taliban officials in their bureau in Doha, Qatar to discuss steps to help reduce violence in Afghanistan that could ultimately lead to a cease-fire there.

The trip comes after a surprise trip by Trump to Afghanistan in which he announced that he would restart peace talks with the Taliban and that he’d like to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 8,600 from just under 14,000.

President Trump signaled that the Taliban want to make a deal and this is the step in the right director for President Trump to end America’s longest war.

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MillieK
MillieK
2 years ago

The U.S. should never have been in Afghanistan in the first place. The Russians were smart enough to pull out long ago! That part of the world seems to thrive on discontent. Will they never learn?

HAROLD D THOMPSON
HAROLD D THOMPSON
2 years ago

If I was in command I would destroy the entire poppy crop and stop the flow of Heroin from Afghanistan.

Tom Edwards
Tom Edwards
2 years ago

No matter what we need to bring our troops home. The never ending war is just that. Been going on as long as history! Get them out! Just do it!

Frank2525
Frank2525
2 years ago

MilleK, I have reread your comment 3 times, and I find nothing in it that ads or detracts from the story. Water over the dam, cannot be recalled, and what we did in Afghanistan is still well known in that country. But we did not have anyone there when Osama Bin Laden, was moving around Saudi Arabia, aggravating government types, and was kicked out of the country. Wound up in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and attracted those like him, in bombing, killing, injuring others in Arabic countries. And he had the money, and family connections to mount actions to bomb World Trade Buildings in New York City. People with comments like yours, gave them impetus to do what they did, thinking they would start another World War, as Adolph Hitler had, years before. So give it more thought, and realize countries in Middle East, Africa, Europe have been in continuous wars, since time began. And inevitable they would suck USA into their wars, though our ancestors came to these shores, to get away from Old Country wars, famine, killings, and governments.

Frank2525
Frank2525
2 years ago

One more comment for MillieK. Gen. Matakasis was a very personal friend of mine, who served and retired from Army. Stayed in middle east as advisor to one of the leaders, later was in Afghanistan as advisor to 4th Army, Afghanistan. Russians controlled the country, with the leaders they chose. CIA arranged to furnish Stinger weapons , to fight off the Russian Helicopters and Aircraft, is reason the Russian pulled out. Street is named after the General, and they referred to him as “the Little General”. Returning to USA, Gen. Mataxis lived in Denver, taught college courses, and as Secretary to retired military group, I invited him to attend our scheduled meeting, where he gave us a wonderful, 2 hour presentation, complete with projection of data, operated by Aide to our Colorado Representative. If you had attended that meeting, you would not have the Democratic talking point, “that we should not have been in Afghanistan. I had many friends, now deceased, who was there, and your comment (and others like it by others) cheapen what our USA Military went there for, and why. It may have a war still going on, but it is among the Arabic countries, and not a Russian expansion area. Gen. Mataxis was in mid 90s, when he died, still very active, and very knowledgeable of USA connections, knowledge that seems to be lacking among so many EXPERTS, OR WASHINGTON SWAMP CREATURES., in last few years. .

Lea
Lea
2 years ago

As far as I’m concerned we shouldn’t have gone into Afghanistan in the first place. The main reason Bush sent our soldiers was to Guard the Poppy Fields. Hench the nickname for George Bush. The Afgan’s burned down those fields for a reason, and it was because of the CIA actions that they were replanted, then our military had to guard them.
So, CIA is excellent at Drug Running, and this brought them Millions, which I’m certain some of that was split with the Executive Branch; Hence, Poppy Bush!!

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