US President Donald Trump said he canceled secret talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban leaders that were supposed to be held today at his residence in Camp David.
Last night, Trump published a series of tweets that urgently canceled preparations for the meeting, after an explosion in an explosive-filled car in Kabul that killed 12 people, including the U.S. military.
Trump said the Taliban launched an attack to create a false pressure lever.
The President noted that if the Taliban “cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks and is even ready to kill 12 innocent people, then they probably have no ability to conclude any serious agreement.”
The Taliban condemned Trump’s decision, saying that the American interlocutors at the talks were pleased with the agreement that both parties worked out in Doha, and that September 23 was determined by the date the transition to the next stage – the start of negotiations with other Afghan parties.
The group also emphasized that it would not give up the fight, and that the United States would eventually be forced to return to the negotiating table.
“Americans will suffer more than anyone else because of the cancellation of negotiations,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman for the movement.