Published: Thu, February 20, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Taliban pact to cut violence about to start,…

Taliban pact to cut violence about to start,…

One of President Donald Trump's campaign pledges in 2016 was to withdraw US troops from the country.

"As someone from the war generation of this country, it would be very hard to suddenly become very excited or overly optimistic about an agreement over the reduction in violence. for one week", she says, relative to the full peace Afghans yearn for.

Some 5,000 Taliban prisoners are to be released following the signing of the agreement and before the beginning of intra-Afghan negotiations, Shaheen added.

Masoud Andarabi, Afghanistan's acting interior minister, said at a workshop in Kabul on Tuesday that the violence reduction period "begins in the next five days".

According to him, the USA will agree to reduce its forces initially by at least 5,000 troops and after a period of time make a full withdrawal. US officials suggest an initial drawdown from 12,000 to 8,600 troops within weeks or months.

During his first campaign, Trump promised his constituencies to bring an end to the "endless wars" across the world from Afghanistan to Iraq and Syria.

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Members of a Taliban delegation leaving after peace talks with Afghan senior politicians in Moscow, Russia May 30, 2019.

She mentioned that if "this test period is implemented successfully; it should lead to the signing of a US-Taliban agreement".

"We didn't receive any message about a ceasefire from our leadership", a Taliban commander in Afghanistan's Helmand province said.

There was no immediate confirmation from the United States.

The spokesperson said that China firmly supported the broad and inclusive peace and reconciliation process that was Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. Khalilzad, speaking from Islamabad, Pakistan, said that, while he had received security guarantees from both the Afghan government and the Taliban, the potential remained for "spoilers" both inside Afghanistan and outside the country to upend months of diplomatic progress. Some Afghan officials said that the reduced violence would be countrywide and that all parties to the conflict would halt planned offensive operations, according to the Washington Post Feb. 17. "They are fully aware that Khalilzad just wants to get [the U.S.] out, so Ghani is afraid that if the [Taliban] deal with the US survives, [and] you have a highly antagonized Taliban to deal with in the intra-Afghan dialogue, that is not a good position".

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