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US trying to save lives of both Afghans and American soldiers

Speaking at an event at Texas A&M University, Pompeo said he spoke in the morning with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who, he said, was working to bring peace in Afghanistan.

“We’re trying to end the longest war in United States history and save the lives of Afghans and American soldiers alike,” Pompeo said.

Khalilzad has held multiple rounds of talks with the Taliban, with the sides reporting progress on preventing Afghanistan from being used by terrorist groups and troop withdrawal.

The envoy has rejected reports that the latest round of talks began in Doha on Monday.

“Don’t believe reports that I’m in Doha. I’m enjoying a windy spring day in DC,” Khalilzad said on Twitter.

He said that he met with Turkish President’s Chief Advisor in Washington.

“Appreciate Turkey’s commitment to Afghanistan. Turkey’s willingness to support the Afghan peace process is welcome,” Khalilzad said.