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Aug 16, 2019 | 17:38 GMT

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Afghanistan: Trump, Pompeo, Bolton Expected to Discuss Potential Taliban Peace Plan

What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton on Aug. 16 to review a possible peace plan with the Taliban, CNN reported Aug. 15. However, the report noted that Trump's Taliban peace plan doesn't appear to include a cease-fire commitment by the group to stop fighting Afghan security forces.

Why It Matters: Although the United States and the Taliban appear close to concluding a peace deal to help end the war in Afghanistan, it remains possible that Washington will not finalize an agreement if it doesn't obtain a commitment by the Taliban to stop fighting Afghan troops.

Background: Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, has held eight rounds of talks with the Taliban since October 2018 to secure a peace deal. Khalilzad is aiming to include four aspects in a final agreement — a permanent cease-fire, a U.S. troop withdrawal, a counterterrorism pledge by the Taliban and a commitment by the group to pursue dialogue with Kabul.

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