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Trump to U.N.: 'We don't want to talk to the Taliban'

By Daniel Uria
Trump to U.N.: 'We don't want to talk to the Taliban'
President Donald Trump said he has no plans to negotiate with the Taliban following a pair of deadly attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks. Photo by Chris Kleponis/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed the idea of engaging in negotiations with the Taliban after a series of deadly attacks in recent weeks.

Speaking at a lunch with members of the U.N. Security Council, he said he doesn't see any talking taking place with the Afghan militant group amid "killing all over" the country.

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"Bombing in the middle of children, in the middle of families -- bombing, killing all over Afghanistan," Trump said. "So we don't want to talk with the Taliban. There may be a time, but it's going to be a long time. We're all out, and that's taking place right now, and it's a whole new front. And it's a whole new set of principles that we're being governed by."

Trump's comments follow a car bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul involving an explosive-laden ambulance that killed 103 people and injured 235 more.

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A week earlier Taliban-linked gunmen carried out a more than 12-hour siege on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 22 people dead.

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"When we see what they're doing and the atrocities that they're committing, and killing their own people, and those people are women and children -- many, many women and children that are totally innocent -- it is horrible," Trump said.

Trump added he plans to discuss the defeat of the militant group with members of the U.N. Security Council.

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"We're going to finish what we have to finish. What nobody else has been able to finish, we're going to be able to do it," he said.

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