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Trump changes course, says no talks with Taliban

Trump changes course, says no talks with Taliban

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Jan 30, 2018 - 10:07

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): After a series of high-casualty attacks in Afghanistaninfo-icon, US President Donald Trump on Monday ruled out peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon and asserted the terrorist outfit would be defeated.

“There's no talking to the Taliban. We don't want to talk to the Taliban.  We're going to finish what we have to finish. What nobody else has been able to finish, we’re going to be able to do it,” Trump said.

Speaking to reporters at a luncheon meeting with representatives of permanent members of the UN Security Council, the president said: “I don't see any talking taking place. I don't think we're prepared to talk right now.” 

He added it was a whole different fight in Afghanistan, where the Taliban were killing innocent people. The militants were conducting blasts in the middle of children and families. 

The United States does not want to have talks with the Taliban, he reiterated. 

“There may be a time, but it's going to be a long time. We're all out, and that's taking place right now. It's a whole new front. And it's a whole new set of principles that we're being governed by,” he said.

Earlier in the day, a suicide attack killed at least 11 Afghan troops in an attack on the Marshal Fahim Military Academy. More than 100 people were massacred in a Taliban attack in the capital last weekend.

He and the Security Council would be discussing what more they could do to defeat the Taliban, Trump said, contradicting his own strategy that is purportedly aimed to push the Taliban to the negotiating table.

While trying to change the course of the long-running conflict, Trump has sent thousands more US troops to Afghanistan and moved away from a time-based approach to one that more explicitly links US assistance to concrete results from the Afghan government.

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