The Taliban warned on Tuesday that fighting will continue in Afghanistan if the United States abandons talks on the withdrawal of their troops, as US President Donald Trump said, saying they were “finished for good”.
“We had two ways to end the occupation of Afghanistan, the jihad and the fighting, and the talks and negotiations. If Trump wants to stop the talks, we will take the first path and they will regret it soon.”, said a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.
The day before, Trump had hammered that negotiations with the Taliban were “finished for good”, after the cancellation of a secret meeting planned at Camp David whose very idea caused perplexity in Washington.
The remarks of the tenant of the White House contrasted with those of his chief of diplomacy Mike Pompeo who had not excluded Sunday a resumption of the discussions with the Afghan insurgents.
“They are over for good, and for me, they are over,” said Trump, opting for a resolutely offensive tone.
after breaking off the negotiations, which appeared to be on the verge of a landmark deal after 18 years of war, Donald Trump said the US military had toughened its offensive against the rebel movement since the deadly attack in Kabul on Thursday. who killed an American soldier.
“In the past four days, we have hit our enemies harder than at any time in the last ten years,” he tweeted, in response to the Taliban’s threat on Sunday to “hurt” the world. ‘America.
Does the dramatic breaking of the negotiations mean the abandonment of the gradual withdrawal of some of the 13,000 to 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, as envisaged in the agreement that was being negotiated?
“I would like to leave, but we will leave at the right moment,” said Mr. Trump, elusive, elected on the repeated pledge to “end wars without end”.