During an unannounced stop in Kabul, Pompeo says “the hour has come for peace” in America’s longest running war.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that negotiations with the Taliban
During an unannounced visit to Kabul, Pompeo said the U.S. and the Taliban are close to an agreement on the insurgency’s pledge to sever ties with Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
“Regarding terrorism, we’ve made real progress and are nearly ready to conclude a draft text outlining the Taliban commitments to join fellow Afghans in ensuring that Afghan soil never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists,” Pompeo told reporters.
The two sides also have held talks on the presence of U.S. and other foreign troops, Pompeo said.
“And while we’ve made clear to the Taliban that we’re prepared to remove our forces, I want to be clear — we’ve not yet agreed on a timeline to do so.”
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