U.S., Afghanistan’s Taliban sign peace deal to withdraw troops | FULL
This is the first written agreement between the parties in 19 years
The Afghan government and Taliban officials said on Wednesday that they had reached a preliminary agreement to intensify peace talks.. This is the first written agreement between the parties in 19 years.
Agreement welcomed by UN and US.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed the agreement, describing it as a “milestone” in the peace talks on Afghanistan starting September 12, 2020.
The Secretary of State praised the willingness shown by both sides to find a common language: “This achievement demonstrates that the Afghan Islamic Republic and the Taliban are serious, capable of overcoming differences and willing to resolve difficult issues. This gives hope that they will be able to reach a political solution to this more conflict, which has been going on for more than forty years. ”He also thanked Qatar for its role as host and negotiator.
“Rapid progress on the political roadmap and ceasefire is what the people of Afghanistan want most,” he stressed, adding that the United States will continue to support the peace process to achieve this goal and work with all parties to substantially de-escalate the violence and ceasefire.
The document only describes the nature of the upcoming discussion, but it is seen as a breakthrough, as it will allow the negotiators to move forward on the main issues on the agenda, including the issue of a ceasefire..
“The procedure, including the introductory part of the negotiations, has been determined, and from that moment negotiations on the merits will begin,” a member of the government delegation Nader Naderi told Reuters..
Taliban spokesman confirms this on Twitter.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said the parties in a three-page agreement formulated procedural rules for negotiations on a political roadmap and a complete ceasefire.
UN Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons tweets “positive developments”.
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