The US had resumed talks with Taliban insurgents. President Donal Trump made this known on Thursday during a Thanksgiving holiday with troops in Afghanistan.
The United States earlier this year reached a deal with Taliban insurgents to pull US troops from Afghanistan and wind down America’s longest war in return for security guarantees.
The Taliban last week handed over two hostages: an American and an Australian after three years in captivity in exchange for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners, a move seen as a boost to peace talks.
The US President had often said he would end US “endless war” and will like to withdraw many troops from Afghanistan before November 2020 election.
About 13,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan, 18 years after the United States invaded following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Donald Trump said his plan is to reduce the number to 8,600.