The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the Taliban cannot wait the US out of Afghanistan as he reaffirmed Washington’s full support to Afghanistan, particularly to Afghan-led peace process.
Speaking during a press conference with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Pompeo said “The strategy has sent a clear message too to the Taliban – they cannot wait us out – and we are beginning to see the results both on the battlefield where the Taliban’s momentum is slowing and in the prospects for peace with them.”
Pompeo further added “Now, more than ever, the United States stands as an enduring partner for Afghanistan. It’s been almost one year since President Trump announced the new South Asia strategy. It features a conditions-based approach and the removal of artificial timelines and arbitrary troop ceilings.”
“We’re working with the Afghan Government and security forces to set the conditions to produce a safer, more secure Afghanistan which is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned,” he added.
The Secretary of State further added “You should know that the peace process is the same. The United States will support, facilitate, and participate in these peace discussions, but peace must be decided by the Afghans and settled among them.”
“We expect that these peace talks will include a discussion of the role of international actors and forces,” he said, adding that “I came here today to learn the progress that we’d made in each of the dimensions. My conclusion from this visit is that the President’s strategy is indeed working. Our South Asia strategy has sent a clear message to the Afghan peoples and its security services that we will support them as they continue to fight to defend their country and their people.”