US Secretary of State, Afghanistan Pres. discuss Taliban detainees

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday discussed over the telephone the steps necessary to implement Ghani’s decision to release three high-level Taliban detainees.

Pompeo reiterated the US support for President Ghani’s decision and committed to work closely together to address violence if the President’s decision does not produce the intended results, the US Department of State said in a statement.

Both sides agreed a reduction in violence is necessary for intra-Afghan negotiations on a political settlement to be successful, it added.

Pompeo reaffirmed the continuation of US support to Afghan security forces and hailed their performance.

Ongoing security support and a political settlement are both necessary for Afghans to achieve peace and prevent international terrorists from ever again using Afghanistan as a platform for international terrorism, he confirmed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency