Condoleezza Rice: "I'm relieved" that U.S. walked away from talks with Taliban

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she's "relieved" that the U.S. walked away from talks with the Taliban to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. President Trump announced the abrupt end of negotiations after a plan to meet with representatives of the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David this week fell through over the weekend.

"I'm relieved that we walked away from these talks," Rice said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday. Rice, who served in the George W. Bush administration, has co-written a new book with Philip Zelikow called "To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth."

Rice said that there were some "bad tell-tale signs" that the Taliban was not willing to negotiate seriously with the U.S., including the Taliban's unwillingness to recognize the Afghan government, as well as the uncertainty as to whether the organization would support the Afghan constitution.

Rice also said that she would have "chosen a different venue" other than Camp David to meet with Taliban leaders, given that this week is the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
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