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UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Lauds Trump’s Cancellation of Taliban Talks


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Sun, 08 Sep 2019 15:35 GMT

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Sunday September 8th has hailed US President Donald Trump’s “right” decision to cancel his meeting with the Taliban and end the negotiations.

“How do you negotiate for peace on the one hand and continue to practice violence and terrorism on the other?" Anwar Gargash said on his Twitter account.

“Real and sustainable reconciliations must be based on transparency, clarity and the dismissal of extremism and terrorism,” the minister added.

Trump said on Saturday September 7th he had called off abruptly a secret summit with the Taliban’s leaders and Afghanistan’s President, after the insurgent group admitted they were behind an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people last week, AFP has reported.

Trump said that he had planned unprecedented, albeit separate, talks with the two sides on September 8th in Camp David, in Maryland, but that the Taliban's persistent, dreadful campaign of violence made them unworthy of negotiations.

"Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations."

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