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Condoleezza Rice 'Relieved' Trump Called off Taliban Talks

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:54 AM

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she is "relieved" the U.S. called off talks with the Taliban.

Rice made her remarks Tuesday during an interview on "CBS This Morning."

President Donald Trump called off plans to meet with Taliban representatives and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. The talks were to be held as the U.S. looked to pull troops out of Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war.

"I'm relieved that we walked away from these talks," Rice said. She maintained there were some "bad tell-tale signs" that the Taliban was not ready to seriously negotiate.

"I always wondered if it was really possible to get a solution with a Taliban that is not really committed to peace," she said.

"There's an Afghan government that has been there now as our ally for a decade and a half. And the Taliban says they don't recognize them. They won't talk to them. That's a bad sign."

But Rice said she would not have chosen Camp David as the site for the talks.

"I would probably have chosen another venue," she said.

This week marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"I understand the symbolism of Camp David," Rice said. "But given the symbolism of this week, probably not the wisest thing."

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