United States President Donald Trump arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday in an unannounced visit and informed the Taliban of a new negotiation deal.
Trump’s visit was the first since he became President of the United States. The visit came a week after a prisoner swap which was partially brokered by the US.
The deal saw two Western hostages traded for three Taliban commanders, raising high hopes for the revival of peace talks.
“The Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with them and we are saying it has to be a ceasefire and they didn’t want to do a ceasefire and now they do want to do a ceasefire, I believe. It will probably work out that way,” he told reporters
Recall early this year, the US reached a deal with the Taliban group to pull out troops from the country and wind down the 18-year war in return for security guarantees.
However, that deal was short-lived as President Trump called the deal “dead” and canceled a Washington meeting with the Taliban after a United States Soldier was killed.
However, the President has revived the negotiations once again.
Trump landed in Bagram airfield after an overnight flight from Washington with White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, a group of secret security services and few reporters.
The visit which was due to last about two-and-half hours, saw President Trump serve turkey to troops in a cafeteria, posed for photographs and delivered his remarks in a hangar.
Trump also visited Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
The details of the meeting are yet to be disclosed to the public.
About thirteen thousand US troops have remained in Afghanistan, eighteen years after the US invaded the country in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks mastermind by Osama bin Laden.