US president Donald Trump abruptly called off peace negotiations with the Taliban after accusing them of seeking “false leverage” through a terrorist attack last week that killed 11 people.
Mr Trump cancelled the negotiations in a series of tweets on Saturday — revealing that a secret meeting with Taliban leaders had been set for Sunday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, but was no longer happening.
Mr Trump has been hoping to strike a deal with the Taliban to settle the war in Afghanistan as he heads into his presidential re-election campaign.
“Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday,” Mr Trump tweeted.
“They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? “