Ghani landed Afghans in trouble: Pompeo.

WASHINGTON -- Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has blamed Ashraf Ghani, who served as Afghan president, for failing the US-led peace process and landing his people into trouble.

Speaking at the University of Chicago earlier this week, Mr Pompeo explained how the US wanted its negotiations with the Taliban to be a years' long process that would have led to a peaceful transfer of power in Kabul. But it did not happen because Ghani did not want it to succeed.

Mr Pompeo served as the CIA director and secretary of state in the Trump administration and supervised the US-Taliban talks that began in Doha, Qatar, in 2018.

Questioned if he had asked Mr Ghani to step down, Mr Pompeo said: 'Well, he would think I did but I didn't. I was incredibly frustrated with President Ghani.'

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Explaining how the US started the peace process, he said: 'It took us to step in and finally get all the Afghans to the negotiating table.'

Since Mr Ghani 'didn't like that the US convened with the Taliban' and that's why he opposed the deal as well.

Asked how he liked talking to the Taliban, Mr Pompeo said a deputy...

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