Trump says peace deal with Taliban ‘very close’

Trump says peace deal with Taliban ‘very close’
In this file photo taken on November 28, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field,in Afghanistan. The United States has secured a seven-day reduction in violence in talks to help seek a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said February 13, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 14 February 2020

Trump says peace deal with Taliban ‘very close’

Trump says peace deal with Taliban ‘very close’
  • “I think we’re very close,” Trump said during a radio show
  • He spoke amid growing signs of agreement on a week-long “reduction of violence”

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Thursday that 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 that the two sides have “negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence.”
Trump was not clear if he was talking about the proposed limited pause in hostilities or something broader.
“We’re having very good dialogue, we’ll see and we’ll know over the next week or two,” he said. The Taliban, “they’d like to make a deal, too.”
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