Trump pushes Ghani to close Taliban office in Qatar

Ghani-and-Trump-1NEW YORK: The US President Donald Trump has stepped up efforts and pressures on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for the closure of the Taliban office in Qatar, a move which is apparently aimed at increasing pressures on the group as part of the new US strategy to combat terrorism and eliminate their sanctuaries from the region.

Sources privy of the development have said President Trump has discussed the issue with Afghan counterpart President Ghani.

The sources have told The Guardian newspaper that a decision is expected from President Ghani soon as he may likely agree with the closure of the Taliban’s political office in Doha.

The decision was reportedly taken as several years have passed since the office was opened but no positive results were obtained.

On the other hand, reports regarding the closure of the Taliban office in Qatar emerge amid persistent tensions among the Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other key Gulf nations with Qatar.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly last week, President Trump said “It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like Al Qaida, Hezbollah, the Taliban and others that slaughter innocent people.”

President Trump further added “The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people.”

He said “Last month, I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians.”

The US President said he has also totally changed the rules of engagement in the fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. -KP

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