08 Aug '18, 11am

Mattis says peace talks with the Taliban are underway

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Tuesday that peace talks are underway to end the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan. "It is still early in that reconciliation process. I will have to give you an update to date as it matures,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday. Mattis faced questions about the peace talks after recent reports of a secretive meeting in Qatar between a member of the U.S. State Department and the Taliban. Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Monday to step up the Trump administration’s calls for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. By: Matthew Lee, The Associated Press Mattis declined to confirm that the meeting took place. “I think [it] would probably be best if we left that to the State Department that leads any kind ...

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