Pom­peo says hopes talks with Tal­iban re­sume in fu­ture

Fiji Sun - - World News - Wash­ing­ton:

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said on Sun­day he hopes the United States and the Tal­iban can re­sume talks in the fu­ture.

Mr Pom­peo said in an in­ter­view with Fox News that talks are dead “for the time be­ing” af­ter one U.S. sol­dier was killed in Afghanista­n on Thurs­day.

“I hope we get them started back,” Mr Pom­peo said, re­fer­ring to the talks, adding the Tal­iban “have got to demon­strate that they are pre­pared to do the things that we asked them to do in the course of those ne­go­ti­a­tions.” The rec­on­cil­ia­tory mes­sage came af­ter U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pulled the plugs on the talks on Satur­day, cit­ing the deadly attack. In a flurry of tweets, Mr Trump said a se­cret meet­ing with Tal­iban lead­ers and the Afghan pres­i­dent sched­uled for Sun­day had been scrapped due to the attack.

The United States and the Tal­iban are re­port­edly close to a deal to end the over-18-year-old U.S. war in Afghanista­n.

Both the Tal­iban mil­i­tants and the Afghan gov­ern­ment forces have in­ten­si­fied op­er­a­tions in the war-torn coun­try re­cently.

Mr Pom­peo said in an in­ter­view with Fox News that talks are dead “for the time be­ing” af­ter one U.S. sol­dier was killed in Afghanista­n on Thurs­day.

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