US President Donald Trump has said in an interview with Fox News Radio that Washington will have to prolong the US presence in Afghanistan, even after the peace agreement with the Taliban is concluded. According to President Trump, the size of the US contingent in the Central Asian country will first fall to 8,600 troops, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
Washington and the Taliban have been trying to strike a peace deal regulating the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan while including assurances from the Taliban that the country will not be used as a safe haven for terrorists.
"Oh yeah, you have to keep a presence", Trump told Fox News Radio. "We're going to keep a presence there. We're reducing that presence very substantially and we're going to always have a presence. We're going to have high intelligence."
The statement comes as US and Taliban representatives are engaged in peace talks on an Afghanistan peace deal in Doha, Qatar.