US President Donald Trump breaks silence over the peace deal with the Afghan Taliban

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US President Donald Trump breaks silence over the peace deal with the Afghan Taliban

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump breaks silence over the peace deal with the Afghan Taliban.

US President Donald Trump has told reporters on Tuesday that there is a chance of making a deal with the Taliban, AP reported.

"So, we are negotiating with the Taliban. We've been negotiating with them for a while. We will see what happens. It's a chance of making a deal. It is a chance,” Trump said.

This follows a public announcement by US Defense Secretary Esper last week that an agreement for a seven-day reduction in violence was on the table at the US-Taliban talks, and also an AP report citing high-level officials saying that President Trump had "conditionally" approved a peace agreement being discussed in Doha, Qatar.

The expectation is that a signed peace deal between the US and the Taliban will lead to intra-Afghan talks.

The Afghan government has begun work on forming a peace-negotiating team with the Taliban, said Waheed Omar, director general of the president's office of public and strategic affairs.

“The government will determine authorities of the negotiating team. The team will have about 15 members,” said Omar.