The U.S. President Donald Trump has said he has a very good relation with the Mullah, emphasizing that both the United States and Taliban want an end to ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
Apparently gesturing to his conversation to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political chief of Taliban, Trump said he had a ‘very good’ conversation with the Taliban leader on Tuesday.
President Trump made the remarks during a round-table on Coronavirus as he was responding to a question whether it was his first conversation with the leader of the group.
He said “We had a very good conversation with the leader of the Taliban today, and they’re looking to get this ended, and we’re looking to get it ended. I think we all have a very common interest.”
“We’ll find out about the country itself. But the country really has to get it ended,” Trump said, adding that We’ve been there for 20 years. Other presidents have tried and they have been unable to get any kind of an agreement.”
He also added “The relationship is very good that I have with the mullah. And we had a good, long conversation today. And, you know, they want to cease the violence. They’d like to cease violence also.”
The Taliban group had earlier confirmed that Mullah Baradar had a 35-minute long conversation with President Trump over the phone on Tuesday.
The conversation took place days after the two sides signed a peace deal after observing a 7-day reduction in violence which followed after 18 months of negotiations in Qatari capital of Doha.