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11/21, 8:39 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Pompeo: Progress in US, Taliban negotiations

United States State Secretary Mike Pompeo noted on Saturday notable progress in the negotiations between Washington and the Taliban and praised both sides for their willingness to continue the talks.

In a statement issued following his meeting with Taliban Political Deputy Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Pompeo called for "a significant reduction in violence and encouraged [...] a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire." He also met with Afghanistan's negotiating team and noted that the people of that country "expect and deserve to live in peace and security after 40 years of war and bloodshed."

Pompeo recently stated it was "up to Afghanistan to choose its political system" and expressed his hopes the new system would "protect the rights of all Afghan."

Breaking the News / JR