The Afghan Taliban militant group says it is “way too early” to speak of restarting direct negotiations with the United States, a day after US President Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan and said Washington is resuming talks with the militant group.
The Taliban said on Friday they were prepared to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after US President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the militant group would agree to a cease-fire.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his administration had released three prominent Taliban members in an effort to get the militants to liberate two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago.
Millions of people in Afghanistan are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks during a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of a bitter, fraud-marred and ultimately unresolved poll in 2014.
The death toll in a Taliban truck bombing that destroyed a hospital in southern Afghanistan has risen to 39, nearly double the previous figure, with 140 wounded, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Friday.