Afghan government says peace deal only possible after national elections

Afghanistan’s government said it will consider making a peace deal with insurgents only after national elections, expected to take place this month. Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said Saturdays legitimacy of peace in the country is not possible until the elections are held. This comes after President Trump last week cancelled peace negotiations with Taliban following the death of a U.S. soldier in a terrorist attack in Kabul.

State Dept.: No changes to Afghan policy

The Taliban is facing a tough military crackdown by the U.S. over a series of recent attacks against American and Afghan troops. One America’s Kristian Rouz has the latest on U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

Defense Secy Esper on Afghan peace talks: we will make sure we have a good deal

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. will not accept just any deal with the Taliban. In a press conference Saturday, Esper said officials are working “diligently” regarding ongoing U.S. Taliban peace talks. He also said, the Trump administration aims to ensure Afghanistan is “no longer a safe haven for terrorists who have the ability to act against the United States.”

WATCH: Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan

he nation’s top general said it’s “too early” to talk about withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. General Joseph Dunford, who currently serves as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made that comment at a recent press conference alongside the defense secretary. This comes as the Taliban released a statement,saying they are close to reaching a deal with the U.S. to bring America’s longest running war to an end. One America’s Emerald Robinson has more from the White House.

U.S. ‘ready’ to conclude talks with Taliban

The Trump administration said it’s ready to end peace talks with the Taliban. On Tuesday, a top U.S. negotiator for the Afghan region said he’s returning to the Qatari capitol of Doha Wednesday to finish what he hopes is the last round of discussions with the Taliban.