Intra-Afghan Peace Negotiations Begin in Qatar as Pompeo Meets Taliban, Afghan Government

Intra-Afghan Peace Negotiations Begin in Qatar as Pompeo Meets Taliban, Afghan Government


DOHA, Qatar — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Afghans not to squander an opportunity for lasting peace in remarks to the summit between Afghan government and Taliban leaders here that represents the beginning of peace negotiations.

“As we look toward the light, we recall the darkness of four decades of war, and the lost lives and opportunities. But it is remarkable — and a testament to the human spirit — that the pain and patterns of destruction are no match for the enduring hopes for peace held by the Afghan people, and their many friends,” Pompeo said in his remarks to the conference as delegates from the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as Qatari government officials, watched. “The United States will never forget the solidarity of our many allies and partners who have stood with us in the long struggle to end this war. Today we also remember

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