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Trump urges reduction in violence for Afghan talks

Trump urges reduction in violence for Afghan talks
Taliban's reduction of violence 'would facilitate meaningful negotiations on Afghanistan’s future,' says US president

By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged a "significant" reduction in violence by Taliban in Afghanistan to allow peace talks to move forward.

The U.S. leader spoke at a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss city of Davos, the White House said in a statement.

"President Trump reiterated the need for a significant and lasting reduction in violence by the Taliban that would facilitate meaningful negotiations on Afghanistan’s future," said the statement.

The Taliban, last week, after consultations in Pakistan, proposed a temporary cease-fire to pave the way for the signing of a deal with the U.S., a move disregarded by the Ghani-led Afghan government as “ambiguous” as it does not clearly call for a comprehensive cease-fire.

The offered brief period of reducing violence in the war-weary country has been seen as an important step to conclude a preliminary deal between Taliban and Washington.

A source privy to developments told Anadolu Agency the Taliban is reluctant to give-up their main leverage -- violence -- in talks and are only inclined towards “reduction in violence” with little or no explanation of what would this amount to.

After a marathon round of negotiations with the Taliban, Trump cancelled a proposed peace deal in September with the insurgents in the final moments for the killing of a U.S. soldier in Kabul.


source: News Feed
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