New Delhi: US President Donald Trump talked with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar over the telephone on Tuesday and called it a “good talk”. “I spoke to the leader of the Taliban today,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. “We had a very good talk.” Also Read - Taliban Resume Offensive Operations Against Afghan Security Forces After Peace Deal With US
The development came days after the US and the Taliban reached an agreement paving the way for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after more than 18 years. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted: “The President of the United States Trump held a phone conversation” with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Also Read - US-Taliban Peace Deal: 'Support Afghanistan's Aspiration For Peaceful, Democratic Future,' Says India
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On Saturday, the United States signed a peace agreement with the Taliban. The deal, signed by chief negotiators from the two sides and witnessed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, could see the withdrawal of all American and allied forces in the next 14 months and allow Trump to keep a key campaign pledge to extract the US from “endless wars”.
However, the Taliban said that it would resume its offensive operations against the Afghan security forces.