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Pompeo Says U.S. Close to Draft Deal With Taliban on Terrorism

  • Top U.S. diplomat visits Kabul, says no timetable to withdraw
  • Negotiations must include opposition and others, Pompeo says
Mike Pompeo at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on June 25.
Mike Pompeo at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on June 25.Photographer: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a visit to Afghanistan that the U.S. is close to finishing a draft deal with the Taliban to ensure the country doesn’t become a terrorist haven, paving the way for talks on withdrawing American troops after 18 years of war.

Pompeo made the remarks Tuesday from the U.S. embassy in Kabul during the unannounced visit in which he met with Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani and former President Hamid Karzai, who remains an influential figure and has acted as a go-between with the Taliban and with nations with stakes in Afghanistan’s future.