Braun Backs Trump on Taliban Talks, Bolton Ouster

Braun Backs Trump on Taliban Talks, Bolton Ouster

US President Donald Trump ended the negotiations as they were reported to be on the verge of a conclusion citing Taliban attacks that killed US military personnel.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Al Jazeera the United States would suffer the consequences of axing the talks.

The planned summit at the presidential retreat of Camp David in Maryland was never made public.

The permanent representative also appeared to back Trump's claim that the objective of the attack earlier this month was to prepare a better negotiating position.

"We have 14,000 soldiers [in Afghanistan] and they have prevented another 9/11", the "Life, Liberty & Levin" host said.


A massive explosion hit the US Embassy in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, on Wednesday, September 11.

The news comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and the Taliban, the insurgent group which rules over large swathes of Afghanistan. They desperately want peace, stability and an end to violence.

Crawford: The Trump administration's approach to negotiations gets mixed reviews in my book.

But in the recently called off negotiations, Islamabad had emerged as a crucial go-between for the Afghan talks given its ability to help bring the Taliban to the table.

The president's move surprised the Taliban leaders.


Akbaruddin said that India supported an "inclusive peace" in Afghanistan.

If Pakistan feels the USA is going to precipitously withdraw troops during the next year, it may decide that it's more important than ever to support a proxy like the Taliban to protect Pakistan's perceived interests in Afghanistan, which would be to keep India's influence to a minimum.

He said any process should have full consent of the Afghan government and its people.

Following the collapsed talks between the US and the Taliban, and days ahead of the landmark presidential polls, Afghanistan has witnessed an alarming spike in violence across the country, claiming lives on all sides.

In a significant move, India had sent two former diplomats in "non-official" capacity to a conference on Afghan peace process in Moscow last November which was attended by a high-level Taliban delegation. Either the process totally fails, in which case the Taliban will certainly escalate the violence with a vengeance, or it will lead to a withdrawal without a real peace deal, and the Taliban will take control and new civil wars will erupt.


On Saturday last, the USA president cancelled a "secret" summit with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart following the attack in Kabul, dealing a blow to protracted negotiations that were nearing a peace deal to end America's longest war.

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