Today, the President convened a meeting with his national security team including Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Esper, National Security Advisor Bolton, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Khalilzad, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford and CIA Director Haspel to discuss the status of negotiations for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Led by the President, we are working diligently on the path forward in Afghanistan. In continued close cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan, we remain committed to achieving a comprehensive peace agreement, including a reduction in violence and a ceasefire, ensuring that Afghan soil is never again used to threaten the United States or her allies, and bringing Afghans together to work towards peace.

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