"On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan"

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Mike Pompeo looks to have cut the Afghan "government" loose: On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan - United States Department of State

I can't see how much more committed to getting out of Dodge the US could be. I've never seen diplomatic language like this, especially the highlighted text in the quote below:
US State Dept said:
The United States deeply regrets that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have informed Secretary Pompeo that they have been unable to agree on an inclusive government that can meet the challenges of governance, peace, and security, and provide for the health and welfare of Afghan citizens. The United States is disappointed in them and what their conduct means for Afghanistan and our shared interests. Their failure has harmed U.S.-Afghan relations and, sadly, dishonors those Afghan, Americans, and Coalition partners who have sacrificed their lives and treasure in the struggle to build a new future for this country.

Because this leadership failure poses a direct threat to U.S. national interests, effective immediately, the U.S. government will initiate a review of the scope of our cooperation with Afghanistan. Among other steps, we are today announcing a responsible adjustment to our spending in Afghanistan and immediately reducing assistance by $1 billion this year. We are prepared to reduce by another $1 billion in 2021. We will also initiate a review of all of our programs and projects to identify additional reductions, and reconsider our pledges to future donor conferences for Afghanistan.
 
Well, that will focus a few minds when they can't line their pockets and put another extension on their Gulf state retirement palaces.

'Among other steps, we are today announcing a responsible adjustment to our spending in Afghanistan and immediately reducing assistance by $1 billion this year. We are prepared to reduce by another $1 billion in 2021.
 

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The State Dept press release on Monday was made after Sec Pompeo went from meeting Ghani & Abdullah (separately) in Kabul to Qatar, and had a lengthy meeting the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's political deputy.

Someone on twitter said the State Dept "On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan" statement was posted just after Pompeo had left that meeting - i.e. Pompeo consulted with the Taliban before publicly condemning Ghani and Abdullah.

Taliban press release linked here & quoted below

Taliban Website said:
Late yesterday afternoon [Monday], the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accompanied by his delegation held a lengthy meeting with the Political Deputy of the Islamic Emirate Mullah Baradar Akhund accompanied by his delegation.

The meeting which took place in the capital of Qatar, Doha, centered around the implementation of the US-IEA agreement and the swift release of prisoners.
 

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