“On March 3rd alone, the Taliban conducted 43 attacks on #ANDSF checkpoints in #Helmand. The Taliban claim to be fighting to free Afg. from int’l forces, the Feb 29 agreement provides a conditions-based path to withdrawal,” he added, referring to the agreement signed last Saturday.
Following his call on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that he “had a very good talk with the leader of the Taliban” and that they “have agreed there is no violence, don’t want violence.”
“We will see what happens. They’re dealing with Afghanistan but we will see what happens,” Trump said.
His comments come as the Taliban have resumed hostilities in Afghanistan, carrying out dozens of attacks in the past day, according to the Interior Ministry. Marwa Amini, a deputy spokeswoman for the ministry, said there were attacks in 16 provinces, targeting civilians and security forces.
The new deal is aimed at withdrawing US forces and spurring the start of intra-Afghan negotiations. The signing came after the completion of a week-long “reduction in violence” in Afghanistan. Before the “reduction” agreement there were on average more than 100 attacks a day, according to an Afghan government official close to the process.
“We call on the Taliban to stop needless attacks and uphold their commitments. As we have demonstrated, we will defend our partners when required,” he wrote.
The spokesman added that the US is “committed to peace,” but that it has “the responsibility to defend our (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) partners.”
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.