Trump in first visit to Afghanistan as Taliban talks restart

President Donald Trump has made his first trip to Afghanistan during a surprise Thanksgiving visit where he announced peace talks with the Taliban have restarted.

He spent about two-and-a-half hours on the ground at Bagram Airfield where he thanked US troops, served them turkey and sat down for a meal, as well as meeting President Ashraf Ghani.

Mr Trump said he believed the militants wanted an agreement.

The US commander-in-chief told about 500 troops in a dining hall: “The Taliban wants to make a deal. We’ll see if they want to make a deal. It’s got to be a real deal. But we’ll see, but they want to make a deal.

“And they only want to make a deal because you’re doing a great job. That’s the only reason they want to make a deal.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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