New Delhi: Addressing a press briefing at the end his two-day tour, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he talked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the US-Taliban peace deal and noted that “everybody is happy about it”. Also Read - US Will Not Pay for Harry, Meghan Markle's Security: Trump
“I spoke to PM Modi on it (Taliban Deal). I think India would like to see it happen. We are pretty close. Everybody is happy about it,” said President Trump during the press conference. Also Read - COVID-19 Fatalities to Peak in Two Weeks in US, Claims President Trump; Extends 'Social Distancing' Guidelines Till April 30
“We are trying to bring out young people home. Don’t want to kill millions of innocent people… I have done more than anyone else to destroy terrorism till date,” he asserted. Also Read - Coronavirus: US Laboratory Develops Portable, Five-Minute COVID-19 Test
Notably, the US and Taliban negotiators had agreed earlier this week to finalise the ‘reduction in violence’ agreement on February 29 if a seven-day cooling-off period was passed off peacefully. The truce came into effect at midnight on Friday after repeated negotiations between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and Washington.
Trump had said he would put his name on the peace deal with the Taliban if a week went by without major violence in Afghanistan. If the temporary truce is successful, it will also facilitate a political settlement in Afghanistan by reducing the presence of U.S. troops in the region.
In September last year, US President Donald Trump had called off peace negotiations with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders after the insurgent group admitted its role behind an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people. Subsequently, a Taliban delegation had held talks with Russian special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, in Moscow to negotiate on the peace process.
The US President, who is here on a two-day visit, said that India is a tremendous country and he had a great time here.
“We had a great time. We had great meetings. This is a tremendous country. I think they like us more than they ever liked us. There is a great relationship between the Prime Minister and myself,” Trump said.
The US President will leave for the United States on his special flight on the night of Tuesday following the special dinner hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.