Pompeo claims breakthrough in US-Taliban talks

Pompeo claims breakthrough in US-Taliban talks

Agency News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed on Friday that “important breakthrough" happened in peace talks with the Taliban in recent days.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper earlier said they had "negotiated a proposal" for a week-long reduction in violence. The statement of US Secretary is considered as a new hope after President Donald Trump declared the talks "dead" in last September.

On Thursday, Mr Pompeo said the US president had given the go-ahead for further talks. "We hope we can get to the place where we can get a significant reduction in violence, not only on a piece of paper," Pompeo said. "If we can get there and we can hold that posture for a while, we may well be able to begin the serious discussion which is all the Afghans sitting at a table finding a true reconciliation."

The two sides were in talks for the last many years to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Mr Trump has made withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan a key foreign policy aim. Some 13,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan after the US intervention to oust the Taliban in 2001.

Details about when the seven-day truce was set to begin were not immediately clear. But Taliban official has said that the group would begin a "reduction of violence" on Friday, news agency AFP quoted a Tailban official as saying.