After Trump's Thanksgiving visit, Taliban says it is ready to resume peace talks

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 29th, 2019 9:18 am
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The Taliban said on Friday that it would be willing to restart peace talks with the United States, just a day after President Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

"The Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with them," Trump told reporters after arriving in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Trump's visit to Afghanistan was his first since becoming president.

"We say it has to be a ceasefire and they didn't want to do a ceasefire and now they want to do a ceasefire, I believe. It will probably work out that way," Trump said.

Trump canceled peace talks in September after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul that killed 12.

"Our stance is still the same. If peace talks start, it will be resumed from the stage where it had stopped," said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban.

🔦 There are currently 13,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, as well as thousands of other NATO troops.