US close to peace deal, says Trump

The Citizen (KZN) - - World -

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”.

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