US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday in separate phone conversations with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah informed both leaders of "progress" in the US-Taliban talks. President Ghani tweeted about his conversation, and Abdullah's office issued a statement.
“Today, I was pleased to receive a call from US Secretary Mike Pompeo, informing me of the notable progress made in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban. The Secretary informed me about the Taliban’s proposal with regards to bringing a significant and enduring reduction in violence,” Ghani tweeted.
In the same thread Ghani also tweeted:
“This is a welcoming development and I am pleased that our principal position on peace thus far has begun to yield fruitful results. Our primary objective is to end the senseless bloodshed."
Further, Ghani claimed that "the Afghan people stand with us with their full consensus" and that he assures them "that their leadership maintains the courage, competence, and the necessary resources to achieve this objective."
Ghani said that the government "will manage the next steps" :
“The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will manage the next steps in a manner that positively supports the overall peace process and will report to the public,” Ghani tweeted.
Meanwhile, US Secretary Pompeo also spoke with CE Abdullah Abdullah:
According to a statement from Abdullah's office, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call Tuesday evening talked with CE Abdullah Abdullah and thanked the CE for his continued cooperation and support for peace efforts and spoke about progress in peace talks between the US and the Taliban.
According to the statement, Pompeo said he hopes that this development will provide the basis for the signing of a bilateral agreement, the start of inter-Afghan negotiations and the achievement of lasting peace.
In response, the statement read, CE Abdullah said that peace is a priority to the government and that he welcomed developments in reduction in violence in the US-Taliban talks and said he hopes the Taliban will also use the opportunity.