US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced that he has canceled a secret summit with the Taliban and Afghanistan’s President.
In a statement announcing the cancelation, the US President Donald Trump said that the move to hold talks at Camp David on Sunday was shelved after an admission by the Taliban leaders that they launched an attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including one American soldier.
He also wondered ‘what kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?’
Here is what Donald Trump said:
Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great-great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately canceled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?
The USA has its troops in Afghanistan for several years now and Trump’s appeal to the voters in the last election also in some part included bringing the American troops back, which he has not been able to achieve till now. As election time is getting nearer, and the public sentiment in the USA is getting stronger for the troop pullout, he, in any case, was bound to act.
Trump is also trying to push India into Afghanistan and India’s continued resistance and her help to the war-torn Afghanistan was also mocked by him, but seeing the blood-thirsty situation, the Indian government is doing a brilliant job in resisting the US pressure.