DOHA (AFP) - US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday slashed useful resource to Afghanistan s authorities after a undertaking to Kabul did not bridge a divide between feuding leaders as he moved ahead with the Taliban on a deal to pull troops.

Pompeo made the marvel trip in hopes of reviving a landmark US accord with the Taliban to stop the united states s longest struggle and, preventing in Qatar on his way again, became the very best-ranking US reliable ever to satisfy the Islamist insurgents.

In stark criticism of a central authority subsidized for almost two many years by way of the usa, Pompeo voiced sadness that President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah couldn't bridge their variations when he met them in Kabul.


"Their failure has harmed US-Afghan family members and, sadly, dishonors those Afghan, people and Coalition companions who've sacrificed their lives and treasure in the conflict to build a brand new future for this u . S . A .," Pompeo said in a declaration.

Pompeo stated that america turned into without delay decreasing $1 billion in resource and might pull any other $1 billion in 2021.

He stated america might recollect in addition cuts, including withdrawing support at any future donor convention.

Pompeo also assured that the us could move beforehand with its pullout of troops from Afghanistan, with a aim of putting off all thirteen,000 by way of next yr.

officials said Pompeo later met for an hour in Qatar s al-Udeid Air Base, which is also home to US forces, with three Taliban leaders which include Mullah Baradar, a formerly imprisoned insurgent who has emerge as their leader negotiator.

Pompeo had flown to Doha for the February 29 signing of the accord with the Taliban but had not met then with the militant organization, which has no longer given up its campaign of violence towards the Afghan government or long gone in advance with promised talks with Kabul.

but Pompeo stated that the Taliban had abided by way of its promise no longer to assault US forces -- and that the usa might preserve up its dedication.

"They dedicated to reducing violence and that they ve largely performed that," Pompeo told journalists on his plane.

On a US withdrawal, "we re shifting down that direction as long as those violence levels remain below the edge."

Kabul has been enmeshed in a political crisis on the grounds that elections last 12 months left the country in disarray because of severa fraud claims that in the end noticed men claiming the presidency and maintaining separate inaugurations.

Pompeo held separate and joint conferences with Ghani -- officially elected to a brand new time period -- and his archrival Abdullah, who additionally claims the presidency.

US officials have long criticized Kabul authorities of corruption but Pompeo s project is sure to ship a noisy message at a time that President Donald Trump has praised the Taliban s efforts.

speakme to reporters, Pompeo said he remained constructive approximately Ghani and Abdullah achieving a deal.

"I suppose we're in the direction of it than ever before," Pompeo said.

"we are able to retain to cajole, to teach, and to incentivize them to have negotiations in which all of the Afghans are sitting at the desk."

The closing Afghan election in 2014 additionally led to an impasse among Ghani and Abdullah, which ended whilst the then US secretary of state, John Kerry, flew to Kabul to dealer a power-sharing settlement.

Pompeo also faulted the Afghan leaders for no longer establishing a countrywide team to fulfill with the Taliban. The united states-Taliban statement had known as for talks to start on March 10, in all likelihood in Norway.

however the two facets had seemed to be making at least some progress on one key step toward talks -- a prisoner change.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the united states negotiator who brokered the address the Taliban, said the authorities and insurgents on Sunday spoke via Skype video-conferencing to discuss logistics of a change.

The deal envisioned the release of as much as five,000 Taliban warring parties held by way of Kabul, and up to one,000 contributors of the Afghan government forces in insurgent arms.

After initially refusing to release the Taliban prisoners, Ghani announced that the government would loose 1,500 insurgents as a "gesture of goodwill" with plans to unfastened another three,500 prisoners after the talks are underway.

The Taliban rejected the offer.

inside the deal, the Taliban also committed to fight jihadist companies like Al-Qaeda -- the initial motive for the 2001 US invasion.

Khalilzad said that the prisoner trouble turned into increasingly more pressing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has slowed the first segment of the united states withdrawal and Afghanistan is bracing for greater cases as tens of lots return from Iran, one of the toughest-hit countries.