Last updated on February 5, 2020
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his attempts to negotiate a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, stating he had no urge to kill”tens of thousands” in unending battling.
In one of the few foreign-policy points at an extremely partisan State of the Union speech to Congress, Trump provided his boon for continuing discussions with Taliban militants.
“I’m not seeking to kill thousands and thousands of men and women in Afghanistan, many innocent,” Trump told the joint session of Congress.
“It’s also not our purpose to serve different countries as a law enforcement agency. All these are war-fighters, the finest on the planet, and they want to struggle to win or not struggle in any way,” he explained.
Trump has contested the wisdom of maintaining troops abroad and has clarified the war in Afghanistan started following the September 11, 2001 attacks as a drain on treasure and blood.
But last year that he suddenly said he had declared a previously unannounced summit in the Camp David presidential retreat together with the Taliban due to an attack that killed an American.
He allowed veteran US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad to restart the discussions, which had happened for decades in Qatar.
Under a draft agreement, the United States will withdraw troops, and the Taliban will guarantee to not allow extremists to use Afghanistan as a base and to open discussions with the internationally recognized authorities in Kabul.
The Taliban has recently suggested a limited decrease in violence, an easing of standing after previously denying any block to strikes it sees leverage.
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However, his address focused little on international policy, without a mention of North Korea, annually after Trump utilized the State of this Union to declare his next summit together with the nuclear-armed nation’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
On Iran, Trump emphasized his stress campaign against the clerical regime and boasted of this contentious strike he purchased last month which killed Iran’s best-known overall, Qassem Soleimani.
“Due to our strong sanctions, the Iranian market is performing very badly,” Trump said.
“We can help them make it rather good in a brief period, but maybe they’re too proud or too absurd to ask for this help.”