US Announces Partial Taliban Truce Amid Signs Deal Is Near

14 Février, 2020, 01:14 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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On Thursday, the Pentagon announced a seven-day agreement with the Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan. The meeting comes just days after President Donald Trump reportedly approved a conditional peace deal with the Taliban that would withdraw the last American troops from the country.

We have said all along that the best, if not only, solution in Afghanistan is a political agreement.

"I think we're very close".

US Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski, who has expressed deep reservations about the talks with the Taliban, said he viewed the proposal of a reduction in violence as a test of the Taliban leadership.

Sources had told Reuters a US-Taliban peace deal could be signed this month, a move that would pave the way for a withdrawal from Afghanistan of some 13,000 US. troops and thousands of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation personnel, 18 years after a US-led coalition invaded following the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

The announcements by the USA on Thursday came after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he had been informed of "notable progress" in the talks, which his government is not involved in.

But Esper also stressed that the approach to the peace process in Afghanistan would be conditions-based and continually re-evaluated.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to reporters on board a plane to the Munich Security Conference where he is expected to meet Ghani, said talks had "made real progress over the past couple of days".

That would pave the way for negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government on a peace accord to end the U.S.'s longest war.

"We're at a pivotal point in this process, because the two sides are now closer than they've ever been before to a deal. Progress has been made on this front and we'll have more to report on that soon", Mr Esper told reporters in Brussels.

"U.S. officials will need to convince them that this thing can be pulled off, and it'll be easier to make that argument if they can show that the right monitoring mechanisms will be in place", Kugelman said.

Progress toward reducing violence could usher in direct peace talks between the militants and the Afghan government to end the almost two-decade war.

Khalid further said that the Afghan government was the first institute that gave the peace message to the Taliban.

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