Trump says he had a ‘very good talk’ with Taliban over the phone, despite ongoing violence in Afghanistan

Trump says he had a ‘very good talk’ with Taliban over the phone, despite ongoing violence in Afghanistan

Business·2020-03-04 04:23

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President Donald Trump said he conducted a phone call with the co-founder of the Taliban on Tuesday, which he described as a “a very good talk.”

“It is a pleasure to talk to you,” Trump said, according to the Taliban. “You are a tough people and have a great country, and I understand that you are fighting for your homeland.”

On Monday, a motorcycle bomb killed at least three people and injured 11 near a soccer game in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban has said it is resuming attacks in response to the Afghan government’s unwillingness to immediately release its prisoners.

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President Donald Trump said he conducted a phone call with the co-founder of the Taliban on Tuesday, one in which he described as a “a very good talk.”

“We don’t want violence,” Trump said to reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “We will see what happens.”

Trump’s confirmation came shortly after the Taliban released their own statement claiming that they had spoken with him for 35 minutes.

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