Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Afghan war: US, Taliban close to 'reduction in violence' deal

Afghan war: US, Taliban close to 'reduction in violence' deal

The contract might result in the settling of a peace deal in in between the United States and the Taliban to end Afghanistan's 18- year war, the United States's longest conflict.

The US and the Taliban appeared close on Wednesday to sealing a deal for an American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reported "notable progress" in negotiations and a senior Taliban official said violence could be slashed in the coming days.

Washington and the insurgents have been locked in gruelling discussions which have stretched over greater than a 12 months for a deal that might see the U.S. pull hundreds of troops out of Afghanistan.

"U.S. talks with the Taliban in Doha continue around the specifics of a reduction in violence", a State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Today, I was delighted to get a call from @SecPompeo, alerting me of the substantial development made in the continuous peace talks with theTaliban The Secretary alerted me about the Taliban's proposition with concerns to bringing a lasting and substantial decrease in violence.

USA officials trying to broker a peace agreement with the Taliban have put a "reduction in violence proposal" on the table, U.S.

Khalilzad returned to Doha over the weekend, after a trip to Belgium's Brussels, Pakistan's Islamabad and Afghanistan's Kabul, discussing the U.S. -Taliban talks with NATO, Pakistani and Afghan leaders. "A U.S. -Taliban agreement is an important prelude but will only have enduring significance if intra-Afghan talks produce a real peace deal", said Miller, now the director of Asia program at the International Crisis Group.

Citing Afghan and US officers, the New York Occasions reported that US President Donald Trump had given conditional approval to a cope with the Taliban.

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We strongly believe that the best way North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can support the peace process is to stay committed to our train, assist and advise mission in Afghanistan because when we train and support the Afghan forces with training but also with funding, we are helping the Afghans to send a very clear message to the Taliban that they will never win on the battlefield.

Realization of those plans depend on whether the United States and the Taliban, in discussions this week, can finalize the parameters of the violence reduction, including its duration - expected to be seven days - and geographic coverage. The Taliban source in Pakistan said the group has agreed to the proposal.

He stated to all intents and functions, this could be a ceasefire, but it surely couldn't be named that due to numerous "problems".

The war in Afghanistan has killed tens of thousands of civilians and more than 3,500 U.S. and coalition troops since in began in 2001.

A USA troop withdrawal pact would be followed by talks between the Taliban and an Afghan delegation that included government officials on a settlement to decades of war, US officials have said.

It invoked moving scenes such as Afghans sharing ice cream with Taliban fighters and snapping selfies with locals.

Abdullah tweeted that Pompeo had "expressed optimism that a reduction in violence and progress with current talks could lead to an agreement that would pave the way for intra-Afghan talks leading to durable peace".

"People are afraid of infighting and a new war", he told AFP at the camp on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar. Sixteen US troops have been killed this year.

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