President Ghani's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, said Saturday that if the Taliban accepts the United States proposal for a ceasefire, direct and face-to-face talks will begin between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Newsweek ran a story saying the president was spending his holiday golfing and tweeting.
Iranian official media reported Wednesday that in his discussions with Taliban visitors, Zarif underscored the need to launch an intra-Afghan peace dialogue for "the formation of an all-inclusive government" in the war-shattered neighboring country. "And we are consulting all the time because it is not only U.S. in Afghanistan, but we have to remember there are also many non-US troops in Afghanistan", he said.
Chief among the questions is how to address the soaring violence in Afghanistan - which the Taliban sees as leverage but which Trump has hinted that the insurgents were willing to halt. "As the president said, we are restarting talks with the Taliban".
"I never got the turkey", he told the troops.
A latest release of the hostages, an American and an Australian who has lasted for three years, suggested the Taliban are still interested in finding a negotiated end to the war.
The US and Taliban had been close to an agreement in September that might have enabled a US troop withdrawal.
Speaking to troops at the base around 10:45 p.m. local time, Trump said, "There's nowhere I'd rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest, best, and bravest warriors on the face of the Earth". That Air Force One plane flew to Germany on Thursday to pick up Trump for the trip back to the United States.
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The demonstrations and violence have escalated since police shot and killed one of the protesters earlier this month. About 100 officers first entered the Polytechnic campus on Thursday to collect evidence and remove risky items.
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has hosted leaders of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency and discussed efforts aimed at finding a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war.
After the meeting, the two presidents joined the U.S. troops in offering Thanksgiving greetings.
The announcement threw into doubt Trump's hopes of drawing down the number of troops in Afghanistan, a pledge made during his 2016 campaign.
The Afghan leader thanked Trump for pressing for "the type of peace that will ensure the gains of the past year and ensure your security and our security". Meanwhile, the president was secretly flying back from Florida, where reporters had been told he'd be spending Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago club.
After a 13-hour journey, and a brief period on the ground, Trump also wistfully told the troops that his Thanksgiving meal had been cut short.
The case drew sharp criticism from the top brass concerned that the president was undermining the military judicial process. Much of the Afghan capital was closed by sSecurity forces on Friday morning when thousands marched to a roundabout behind the presidential palace demanding that fraudulent votes be cast.
And he granted clemency to another soldier charged with murder over the death of an alleged Taliban bomb maker in 2010.