Afghan gov’t will play a key role in peace deal with Taliban: Pompeo

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has assured that the Afghan government will have a central role in a peace deal that would be concluded with the Taliban group.

The nation welcomed Mr. Pompeo’s speech and added that our allies are truly backing up our regime

In his testimony before the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Pompeo said that he will make sure that America’s counterterrorism interests are protected as well.

In response to a question raised by Senator Lindsey Graham on whether the Afghan government will be a meaningful participant in any pace deal, Pompeo said “More than that, they will be at the center.  It will be Afghan-led.”

This comes as efforts to find a political solution to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has so far participated in five meetings with the Taliban political leaders in Doha Qatar to find a negotiated settlement to ongoing war in Afghanistan.