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Trump optimistic of successful peace talks in Afghanistan

Trump optimistic of successful peace talks in Afghanistan

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Nov 23, 2018 - 18:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US President Donald Trump has said Washington was “in very strong” peace negotiations in Afghanistaninfo-icon but he did not know whether they would be successful.

“I really think the people of Afghanistan ... are tired of fighting,” Trump told reporters after delivering a Thanksgiving holiday message to US troops in Afghanistan, scene of one of America’s longest-ever wars, Reuters reported on Friday the US president as saying.

“We are talking about peace and we’ll see if that happens ... We have negotiations going on. I don’t know that they are going to be successful, probably they’re not. Who knows? They might be, they might not be.”

Trump was speaking after Talibaninfo-icon leaders met with US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at their political headquarters in Qatar last week for the second time in the past month.

Khalilzad said on Sunday he hoped to reach a peace deal by April 20, a deadline that coincides with the date set for presidential elections in Afghanistan.

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