Pompeo hopes to reach a peace deal with the Taliban before September

Pompeo hopes to reach a peace deal with the Taliban before September

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to reach a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban before September.

And he said Pompeo, In his speech today, that the achievement of peace, "the top priority" of his country.

This is Pompeo's first visit to Kabul since Washington began peace talks with the Taliban last year, during which Pompeo met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and General Scott Miller, commander of the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

Pompeo said his country was ready to reach a "draft text" renewing the Taliban's promise not to allow Afghanistan to be used as a base for international terrorism again.

"In the light of this progress, we started discussions with the Taliban about the presence of foreign troops," he said.

Pompeo stressed that it is not yet agreed on a timetable for withdrawal, "despite the clarification of the US side of the" Taliban ", its readiness to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

The one-day visit comes amid mounting tension between Washington and Tehran, and observers warn that a war with Tehran could have a devastating impact on Washington's efforts to reach a peace deal in Afghanistan.

On Saturday, Afghan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar announced on the sidelines of a conference in Pakistan that a war between the United States and Iran would inevitably affect the peace process in Afghanistan.

Doha is hosting the next round of negotiations between the Taliban and Washington on June 29.

Source: AFP

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