US-Taliban Afghanistan agreement may be signed Feb. 29

An arrangement involving the United States and the Taliban could arrive as before long as February 29 in Afghanistan, Secretary of Point out Mike Pompeo reported in a assertion launched Friday.  

According to Pompeo, the U.S. “attained an knowing with the Taliban” on a reduction of violence that could direct to the signing of a U.S.-Taliban arrangement up coming 7 days. The signing is dependent on the “successful implementation” of the arrangement,  Pompeo mentioned.

Very last 7 days, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the deal involves a 7-working day “reduction in violence.” A senior Point out Department official verified the reduction in violence period will start off tonight Afghanistan time, and the signing will just take area on the 29th in Doha among a Taliban consultant and U.S. particular envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khlalilzad. 

“Intra-Afghan” negotiations would start “shortly thereafter” to eventually guide to a ceasefire in Afghanistan, Pompeo claimed.  

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