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Pompeo set to meet Afghan negotiators in Doha

Pompeo set to meet Afghan negotiators in Doha

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Nov 21, 2020 - 13:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A top American diplomat has flown into Abu Dhabi on a trip that will take him to meet Talibaninfo-icon representatives in Qatar.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accompanied by his spouse Susan, will meet today (Saturday) negotiators from the Taliban and the Afghan government.

The meeting comes as the United States steps up its plans to withdrawal troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In a statement on Friday, the State Department said Pompeo would meet separately with the Afghan government and Taliban negotiation teams in Doha.

The secretary of state will also meet Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the foreign minister.

The outgoing top US diplomat is on a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East as President Donald Trump shores up late-term priorities.

Earlier in the week, the Pentagon said it would soon pull some 2,000 troops out of Afghanistan, speeding up the timeline established in a February agreement between Washington and the Taliban.

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