Donald Trump declared at the White House that the Afghanistan peace negotiation with Taliban is "dead," stating that the United States had hit the armed grouper harder in the last four days than they had in the last 10 years.
"They (talks with the Taliban) are dead. As far as I'm concerned, they're dead," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.
Donald Trump left the world astounded on Saturday after the US President made a Twitter announcement of the cancellation of a "secret meeting" with the Taliban and Afghanistan counterpart Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington, just a few days prior of the 9/11 anniversary. The decision to dump the meeting came after the Taliban claimed another bomb attack in the capital city of Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 others.
Bloody attacks have ravaged Kabul over the last several weeks, towards the end of the peace talks and the violence is expected to grow considering the political uncertainties of the region.
"They (the Taliban) thought that (they) had to kill people in order to put themselves in a little better negotiating position... You can't do that with me," Trump said while responding to a question about his decision to cancel the talks. "So, they dead as far as I'm concerned," he said. "We have hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they have been hit in over 10 years. So that's the way it is."
Donald Trump said that the decision to invite the Taliban to Camp David was his, and so was the call to cancel it after. Justifying the move, the president underlined that he did not want the meeting to happen under circumstances "where they (Taliban) go around and try and make themselves a little bit more important by killing a soldier and also a total of 12 people".
The Taliban, Donald Trump said, did a mistake. "We want to get out (of Afghanistan). But we'll get out at the right time," he said.
"We have been serving as policemen in Afghanistan, and that was not meant to be the job of our Great Soldiers, the finest on earth," Trump tweeted earlier. "Over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!"
The decision to call off the peace negotiation with the Taliban came after Donald Trump called off the meeting with the Taliban after being on the 'threshold' of the agreement.
The US President was called a "traitor" over the revelation of a probable "secret meeting" with the Taliban just days ahead of the 18th anniversary of September 11. More than 2,400 U.S. troops have been killed since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to go after the Taliban. The Taliban was also harboring Al-Qaida leaders responsible for 9/11.
The draft that was accorded by both parties last week could have withdrawn 5,000 American soldiers over the coming months in exchange for an assurance that Afghanistan will not be used as a base to perpetrate terror attacks on the United States or their allies.
The Taliban called the decision to abolish the talks as 'unbelievable' and further went on to say that Donald Trump's 'disappointing' tweets 'damaged his credibility.'
Suhail Shaheen, the spokesperson for the Taliban's political office located in Doha, Qatar tweeted in Arabic saying that the leaders of both the delegations received the text regarding the finalisation of the peace negotiation, and the same was sent to Qatar. He further added that everyone was happy with the agreement and Qatar agreed to announce the deal.
Suhail Shaheen also said, “However, the disappointing tweets by President Trump are unbelievable and damaged his credibility.
(With PTI inputs)