President Donald Trump’s mention of Taliban cease-fire perplexes negotiators in Afghanistan

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The second group of reporters assembled near the Joint Base Andrews outside Washington a few hours before the trip and were driven to the complex in minivans. No one was particularly surprised when an amateur British aircraft watcher tracked a Boeing VC-25A, one of the modified Boeing 747s that typically serves as Air Force One, flying over Europe.

Word of his visit to Afghanistan came at around 2 p.m. ET on Thursday when journalists traveling with the president were authorized to provide reports about the visit.

Pakistan has welcomed The United States President Donald Trump's continued willingness to pursue a political settlement in war-torn Afghanistan by resuming dialogue with Taliban, ARY News reported.

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After a seemingly normal day at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with a round of golf Wednesday morning, the president was flown back from an unknown airport to the Washington area late Wednesday - without any news of a press accompanying him. He made a surprise visit to Iraq last Christmas with first lady Melania Trump.

President Donald Trump and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani speak to American soldiers during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on November 28, 2019. "We're saying it has to be a cease-fire and they didn't want to do a cease-fire and now they do want to do a cease-fire". If they do they do, and if they don't they don't.

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Trump greeted the crew of that plane and even stayed in the cockpit for takeoff, the pool report said. "It will probably work out that way", he said.

Trump said in Afghanistan that he was ready to reduce USA troop numbers "much further" than the draft deal s decrease to 8,600 - the level before Trump took office and ordered reinforcements. Taliban negotiator Suhai Shaheen said that it is up to the USA to get back to the table and resume the talks where they had left off and that negotiations were successful.

Ghani also praised Trump for the October mission that killed Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "Tweeting, golfing and more", before Trump's surprise visit to Afghanistan was announced publicly.

"It's a risky area and he wants to support the troops", Grisham said. "As the president said, we are restarting talks with the Taliban".

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani argues the US should only withdraw troops with a cease-fire in effect to better protect his government, which has been excluded from negotiations. The plane was bare-bones, except for four blue leather chairs and a port-a-potty that had been brought for the occasion.

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