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Trump says talks with Taliban 'constructive', hopes to reach political settlement in Afghan

WASHINGTON: Informing Congress that his administration is preserving "constructive talks" with the Taliban, US President Donald Trump stated Wednesday that once two decades of battle in Afghanistan, the hour has come to no less than take a look at for peace.

In his 2d annual State of the Union deal with, Trump stated he has sped up America's negotiations to succeed in a political agreement in Afghanistan.

"Our troops have fought with unmatched valour -- and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict," america President stated.

"In Afghanistan, my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban. As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence and focus on counter-terrorism," Trump stated in his deal with to the joint session of Congress.

Currently there are 14,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan.

"We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement -- but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace," Trump stated.

However, he warned fighters of any misadventure in opposition to the United States.

"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people. Eighteen years ago, terrorists attacked the USS Cole -- and last month American forces killed one of the leaders of the attack," he added.

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