Trump has instructed his top diplomats to start working to end the war in Afghanistan. They will work directly with the Taliban to negotiate peace.
According to The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump’s administration is prioritizing ending the war in Afghanistan by instructing its top diplomats to initiate peace talks directly with the Taliban, The New York Times reported Monday.
The White House is hoping the initial talks, which have not yet been scheduled, will be a stepping stone to broader negotiations involving the Afghanistan government to end Taliban occupation of 59 districts in the country, according to The New York Times.
The Trump administration has laid the foundation for direct talks with the Taliban, as several senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have visited the region in the last few weeks. Similar attempts at peace negotiations under former President Barack Obama crumbled when the Afghan government felt left out of the process, The New York Times reported. Pompeo’s visit reassured Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that future negotiations would not leave out Afghan leaders, despite the contrary wishes of the Taliban to do so.
“Peace must be decided by the Afghans and settled among them,” Pompeo said July 9during his brief visit to Kabul.
This is another Obama mess that Trump is attempting to clean up. The war in Afghanistan has been the longest war in American history.