The agreement includes a commitment for the Taliban to release up to 1,000 prisoners and for the Afghan government to free around 5,000 insurgent captives - something the militants have cited as a prerequisite for talks but which President Ashraf Ghani has refused to do before negotiations start.
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan understands how critical intra-Afghan negotiations are and what is at stake for the region, said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Afghan officials in Maidan Wardak province, which neighbors Kabul province, said 55 civilians were kidnapped by the Taliban in connection to the deal's provision pledging a large-scale prisoner exchange ahead of intra-Afghan talks.
In response to a question regarding Taliban publicly renouncing al Qaeda, the foreign minister said that agreement states that they [Taliban] would not allow "al Qaeda or any terrorist organization to operate in Afghanistan".
Top U.S. commander in AfghanistanAustin Miller's last year's disclosure of dialing up pressure on Taliban to "shape the political environment" and chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staffs Mark Milley's recent remarks "A negotiated political settlement is the only responsible way to end the war in Afghanistan" counted as the military's endorsement of American submission in the conflict-ridden country.
Meanwhile, the militants have refuted the government's claim that violence nationwide must remain low during intra-Afghan talks. Ghani's main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, called the deal signing an "historic event", and expressed hope for "an inclusive, national and countrywide delegation to take part" in talks with the Taliban.
"There have been prisoner releases from both sides before".
"Look, we can't get into hypotheticals about what it would take exactly, but there is a detailed set of commitments that the Taliban have made about the levels of violence that can occur, the nature of what's got to take place", Pompeo said.
"If they [Taliban] want to discuss prisoners, then they should not have any other conditions because we have our own conditions", Ghani recently told a gathering in the eastern Nangarhar province. The Taliban have announced an end to a partial truce in the country as a deadly bomb blast near a soccer field shattered days of relative calm.
The US has also promised to also lift sanctions against the Taliban and work with the United Nations in order to remove its separate sanctions against the Islamist group.
On Saturday a joint statement issued on behalf of the United States and the Afghan government said American forces would withdraw completely from Afghanistan in 14 months, conditional on the Taliban upholding their end of the deal.
A senior US administration official on March 2 signaled that Washington expected a compromise from the Taliban and the Afghan government on the issue. US officials addressed the violence by noting it will not end immediately, but will hopefully decline over time.
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