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No Talking to Taliban: Trump Affirms US Commitment to Afghanistan

© AP Photo / Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States does not want to talk to the Taliban, President Donald Trump said during a lunch with the UN Security Council on Monday.

"We don’t want to talk to the Taliban," Trump told reporters at the White House, adding that the UN Security Council would discuss the situation in Syria, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, as well as countering terrorism during their session, took the form of a working lunch.

The US president took part in the UNSC meeting, including Russian representative Vassily Nebenzia, the White House press service reported.

US and NATO soldiers take part in a ceremony to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York, in Resolute Support 'Green Zone' headquarters of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 - Sputnik International
Winter of Discontent: US Announces New Offensive Against Taliban in Afghanistan
Speaking at the White House, Trump said, "We're going to finish what we have to finish" in Afghanistan. US President said that "innocent people are being killed left and right," including children, and stressed that "there's no talking to the Taliban."

Kabul in recent weeks has been hit by several deadly assaults, including a massive suicide car bombing in a crowded central area on January 27 that reportedly killed dozens of people and was claimed by the Taliban. Moreover, earlier this month, several US citizens were killed and injured in the siege of a Kabul Intercontinental hotel by the Taliban.

Following that attack, Trump called for "decisive action" by all countries against the Taliban, saying in a statement that the "murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners."

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