US: We're holding 'constructive talks' with Taliban, Trump informs Congress
Informing Congress that his administration is holding "constructive talks" with the Taliban, US President Donald Trump said today that after two decades of war in Afghanistan, the hour has come to at least try for peace.
In his second annual State of the Union address, Trump said he has accelerated America's negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan.
Trump hopes to reach political settlement with Taliban
Will be able to reduce troops, focus on counter-terrorism: Trump
Thanks to our brave troops, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict, the US President said.
"In Afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban. As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence and focus on counter-terrorism," he said.
14,000 US troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan
Currently, there are 14,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan. "We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement, but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace," Trump said.
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'Friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power'
However, the US President warned opponents of any misadventure against the United States.
"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people," said Trump.
"Eighteen years ago, the terrorists attacked the USS Cole, and last month American forces killed one of the leaders of the attack," he further added.