The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discussed the announcement of Taliban spring offensive and ongoing peace efforts during a telephone conversation.
“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke on April 20th with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan. The Secretary condemned the Taliban’s recent announcement of a spring offensive and underscored the United States’ solidarity with the Afghan people’s pursuit of a comprehensive peace agreement that would end the suffering and destruction,” the State Department said in a statement.
The statement further added “He also expressed the United States’ disappointment that the intra-Afghan dialogue, planned for Doha, Qatar, had been postponed. The Secretary and President Ghani agreed that the Doha conference presents an important opportunity to advance peace.”
“The Secretary encouraged all sides to seize the moment and reach an understanding on participants, so that an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue can be convened in Doha as soon as possible,” the State Department added.
This comes as the organizers of intra-Afghan dialogue last week cancelled the intra-Afghan dialogue which was due to kick off on Saturday. The event was cancelled after the Afghan government released a lengthy list of delegates containing 250 names which was immediately rejected by Taliban group.