Trump: Spoke with Taliban official on Afghan peace deal

Peace accord marks a step toward ending 19-year U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.

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March 4, 2020 - 10:00 AM

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar sign a peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Photo by (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Donald Trump spoke by phone with a top leader of the Taliban about the recent peace agreement reached in Qatar.

Trump, speaking Tuesday as he left the White House, called the conversation a “very good talk” and said they agreed to fulfilling the agreement to reduce violence in Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said earlier that Trump had spoken with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who signed the peace accord with the U.S. in Qatar on Saturday.

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