March 23, 2020 / 7:27 PM / 17 days ago

Secretary of State Pompeo to meet Taliban in Doha: State Department

Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah, President Ashraf Ghani's political rival, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kabul, Afghanistan March 23, 2020. Afghanistan's Chief Executive Office/Handout via REUTERS

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Taliban officials in Doha on Monday on his way back from a one-day trip to Afghanistan as part of efforts to salvage a historic deal signed with the insurgent group in February.

“Secretary Pompeo is going to meet with Taliban officials in Doha including Mullah Baradar, Taliban’s chief negotiator, to press the Taliban to continue to comply with the agreement signed last month,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; writing by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Sandra Maler

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