The U.S. Donald Trump has instructed the authorities to reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan by next presidential elections in the United States.
The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday informed regarding the latest directive he has received from President Trump.
“He’s been unambiguous: end the endless wars, draw down, reduce. It won’t just be us,” Pompeo was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Pompeo further added “We hope that overall the need for combat forces in the region is reduced.”
Pompeo’s comments underscored a shift that has apparently taken place since talks with the Taliban opened last year, according to Reuters.
This comes as comes as the U.S. and Taliban representatives have held 7 rounds of talks in Qatari capital of Doha so far.
The U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is expected to resume talks with the Taliban leaders in Qatar in coming days.
Counter-terrorism assurances, U.S. troops withdrawal and intra-Afghan negotiations are among the key topics of discussion between the U.S. and Taliban representatives.