Advertisement
Saturday, Dec 03, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Mike Pompeo Meets Afghan Government Officials, Taliban Representatives In Doha

Meet comes in the backdrop of stalled peace negotiations and rising violence in Afghanistan

Mike Pompeo Meets Afghan Government Officials, Taliban Representatives In Doha
Mike Pompeo met with Taliban Representatives in Doha on Saturday | Twitter: @SecPompeo
Mike Pompeo Meets Afghan Government Officials, Taliban Representatives In Doha
outlookindia.com
2020-11-22T10:15:08+05:30

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with negotiators from the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, amidst signs of progress in their stalled talks and an uptick in violence that threatens to jeopardise the peace plan in the war-torn country.

This was Pompeo’s first meeting with the Taliban and the Afghan government representatives after the US' recent announcement that it will reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 in each country by January 15 next year. The US currently has a little over 4,500 troops stationed in Afghanistan.

"Met with both Taliban and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s negotiating teams in Doha. I commend both sides for continuing to negotiate and for the progress they have made. I encourage expedited discussions on a political roadmap and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire," Pompeo said in tweet on Saturday.

Pompeo met with Taliban political deputy and head of the political office Mullah Beradar and with other members of the Taliban negotiating team, US State Department principal deputy spokesperson Cale Brown said. In his meeting with the Taliban, Pompeo called for a significant reduction in violence and encouraged expedited discussions on a political roadmap and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, officials said.

Pompeo also meet with Qatari foreign minister Al Thani in Doha and discussed bilateral and regional issues with him. "We appreciate Qatar’s ongoing support as a host to the Afghan peace negotiations. A united Gulf remains crucial for countering Iran’s malign influence in the region," Pompeo said in another tweet.

The US signed an agreement with the Taliban in February to promote a negotiated end to the protracted conflict. Afghan government and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Doha on a regular basis to try to broker a peace deal but are yet to arrive at a major breakthrough.

Meanwhile, violence in Afghanistan has spiked in recent months. Pompeo’s visit came in the wake of a rocket attack which struck densely populated areas of Kabul, killing at least eight people in the latest outbreak of violence in the Afghan capital.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement