The United States has reached a reduction of violence agreement with the Taliban that could lead to a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Reuters quoted a senior administration official as saying on Friday. They spoke on the sidelines of an worldwide security forum in Munich.
A previous round of negotiations led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his lead negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, fell apart in September after the president proposed bringing senior Taliban leaders to Washington, D.C., for a signing ceremony against the opposition of some of his top foreign policy advisers, including former national security adviser John Bolton.
Mr. Trump claimed he canceled the September deal, which reportedly included a Camp David summit with leaders of the Taliban and the Kabul government, after a terrorist attack claimed the life of a USA service member in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to withdraw USA troops from the region and has struggled to find a way to scale down the American military footprint there over the past three years.
Stoltenberg added that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would "welcome any steps that can lead to reduction in violence" in Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, the Taliban issued an ultimatum to Washington after weeks of talks with a USA peace envoy, demanding a reply to their offer of a seven-day reduction of violence, or they would walk away from the negotiating table.
One senior Afghan official briefed about the talks said the expectation was that following the one-week test interval, there shouldn't be a return to further strikes, and that the situation may perhaps more closely resemble a cease-fire.
Once these two steps have begun to the satisfaction of all sides, a peace deal will be signed by the USA and Taliban, likely later this month or early next month.
However, there'll be deterrents from the Taliban Growing up attacks after reaching a deal with the United States.
"We are taking a hard look at it".
"I think we're very close", Trump said on a podcast broadcast on iHeart Radio when asked if the United States had reached a tentative deal.
President Trump had indicated that the US was close to working out a deal. We are consulting with Congress and others, and I think peace deserves a chance.
The final details were hammered out in recent days by United States special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar.
US officials have brushed aside claims that a Taliban ultimatum forced their hand.
Without giving any clear timetable, Esper only said "progress has been on this front, and we have more to report on that soon".
"Frankly, this is probably going to be a simpler step than what comes next, which is the intra-Afghan dialogue piece, which is going to be quite complicated", Pakistani U.S. Ambassador Asad Khan said recently.
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