Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says the foreign troops in Afghanistan will have to gradually leave the war-torn country.
“No Afghans want foreign forces in their country for the long term,” Ghani said in a televised address from the presidential palace in Kabul on Monday.
“The current presence of foreign forces is based on need, and this need has always been contemplated and will be contemplated…; and according to an exact and arranged plan, we are trying to bring down that number to zero,” he added, without specifying how that plan worked or when exactly the forces would have to leave.
Ghani also urged the Taliban militant group to “enter serious talks” with his government. The Taliban and the United States have been holding talks of their own. Last week, both hailed “progress” during bilateral talks in Qatar.
Up until now, the Taliban has repeatedly refused to hold talks with the Afghan government.
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