Afghans cautiously welcome halt to secret US-Taliban summit

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An analyst said the move will 'break the Taliban's pride and ambition'.

President Donald Trump's announcement that he had called off negotiations with the Taliban, apparently ending a year-long diplomatic push to exit America's longest war, has left the withdrawal deal shrouded in uncertainty."It is good that the talks have been cancelled, there should be intra-Afghan talks, and people should be involved in it, and they should be informed about it," 52-year-old Mir Dil told AFP.

The presidency also"insisted that a real peace can only be achieved if the Taliban stop killing Afghans and accept a ceasefire, and face-to-face talks with the Afghan government", according to a statement. "It was a good opportunity for but it was wasted because they did not stop attacks," 22-year-old Ahmad Jawed told AFP.

Kabul resident Yama Safdari, 24, regretted that it took the death of one American to stop the process"while so many Afghan army forces and civilians are killed on a daily basis"."At least for the first time the Taliban might feel regret for their attacks and killing innocent people," wrote Facebook user Iqbal Ahmad.

Ahmad Saeedi, an Afghan analyst, said the move will"break the Taliban's pride and ambition" -- but added that the talks could yet resume.

 

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