US close to peace deal, says Trump
Washington – President Donald Trump said the United States is “very close” to a peace deal with the Taliban guerrillas in Afghanistan.
“I think we’re very close. I think there’s a good chance that we’ll have a deal and we’ll see,” he told Geraldo Rivera’s Roadkill radio show.
“That doesn’t mean we’ll have one but we’ll know over the next two weeks,” he said.
Trump spoke amid growing signs of agreement on a week-long “reduction of violence”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on the way to the Munich Security Conference, where he is expected to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, that talks had “made real progress over the past couple of days”.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said after a Nato meeting in Brussels the two sides have “negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence”.