US govt holding 'constructive talks' with taliban to restore peace in war torn Afghanistan, says Trump
US President Donald Trump while addressing the Congress in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday said that his administration is holding "constructive talks" with the Taliban, after two decades of war in Afghanistan.
"In Afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban. As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence and focus on counter-terrorism," Trump said in his address to the joint session of Congress.
Currently there are 14,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan. "We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement -- but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace" Trump said.
However, he warned opponents of any misadventure against the United States. "Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people. Eighteen years ago, terrorists attacked the USS Cole -- and last month American forces killed one of the leaders of the attack," he added.
(With inputs from PTI)
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