Taliban leaders interested in resuming peace talks

Written by on December 5, 2019

By Frank Konze

Following Trump’s Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have been signaling they are interested in resuming peace talks. Trump revealed he canceled plans in September to meet with representatives of the Taliban and Afghanistan’s president at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. Trump’s administration has been negotiating with Taliban leaders for months to end the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, America’s longest war. The president’s Thanksgiving announcement while visiting troops in Kabul came a week after a prisoner swap between the Taliban and the U.S forces. A draft agreement from September involved a significant reduction in U.S. troops in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not be used as a launching pad for military operations against the U.S. or any allied forces.