Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Taliban leaders amid the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Gulf Arab leaders and Taliban representatives amid the U.S. withdrawal of the troops from Afghanistan.
A daylong meeting was a part of ongoing negotiation hosted by the Qatari government in Doha. The peace-talks between the U.S., Afghanistan governors, and leaders of Taliban have been developing since February right after the trump administration initiated the negotiations.
During the meeting, Mike Pompeo talked to the leaders of Taliban and the United Arab Emirates about the Iranian threat and Trump administration attempts to tighten the economic noose on Tehran.
For the period of the talks President Trump moved forward with plans to bring the American soldiers in number of 2,500 military members home from Afghanistan. Both Republicans and Democrats were against this move with Senate Leader Mitch McConnell calling this plan “a mistake.”
There have not been any comments from President Elect Joe Biden about the withdrawal, but previously it was reported that he supported the idea and expressed the readiness to remove the U.S. troops from the region. However, Joe Biden already made Gulf Arab leaders to worry when his administration vowed to renew the nuclear deal with Iran and provide it with a new wave of cash assets.
So it can happen that when Joe Biden occupies the White House, the full U-turn of the priorities in the region can be expected.