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Trump on Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan

Surprise for the US soldiers at Bagram Air Base: US President Donald Trump visited the troops stationed near the capital Kabul on the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no other place where he would rather spend the holiday, Trump said in a speech. Trump took part in a Thanksgiving dinner with the armed forces and also served food and cakes to the soldiers himself.

Trump also met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the military base. Among other things, it was about talks about peace with the Taliban. In his address to the troops, Trump said his administration had resumed peace talks with radical Islamic fighters.

The president hands out food to the soldiers

"The Taliban want an agreement," the US president told journalists. In previous talks, the US had insisted that there would be a ceasefire after the US troops withdrew. However, the Taliban rejected this, Trump said. "Now they want a truce," he added.

Trump had declared the peace negotiations with the Taliban that began about a year ago after a series of attacks by the radical Islamic militia in September as "dead". The talks were about the conditions for a partial withdrawal of the US armed forces from Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban should break away from the Al-Qaeda terror network, fight the jihadist militia "Islamic State" (IS) and start direct negotiations with the government in Kabul. At the end of September, the Taliban had already agreed to sit down at the same table with the USA again.

Eleven months ago, the US president made his first troop visit to combat troops abroad in Iraq. He and his wife Melania traveled to the soldiers stationed there at Christmas. Then, last week, Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq.

stu / rb (afp, dpa)