Donald Trump 'approves conditional peace deal with Taliban'

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

"This is a welcoming development and I am pleased that our principal position on peace thus far has begun to yield fruitful results", President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement following his call with Mr Pompeo.

President Trump has conditionally approved a peace deal with the Taliban which would withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and end the longest war in usa history, according to reports.

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

Washington and the militants have been locked in gruelling talks that have stretched over more than a year for an agreement that would see the U.S. pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan in a bid to end America's longest war.

The ongoing negotiations mark the highest level of talks between the two sides since the US ramped up peace efforts in 2018. That U.S. reduction will continue through the Afghan-Taliban talks, presuming those negotiations quickly agree to a formal cease-fire and the militants observe the terms.

During the conversation on Tuesday evening, Pompeo informed Ghani of a notable progress made in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban. Another Taliban demand is that in any all-Afghan negotiations, representatives of Afghan President Ghani's government can not come to the table in an official capacity but only as ordinary Afghan citizens.

Regardless of ongoing talks between the United States and the Taliban, Afghanistan's conflict has raged on, with the variety of clashes leaping to document ranges in the final quarter of 2019, in accordance to a current United States authorities watchdog report.

It is also being said that no response has been given to this ultimatum from the US.

Two Taliban officials told the Associated Press Wednesday the militant group has issued an ultimatum to Washington to reply to their offer of a seven-day reduction of violence, or they would walk away from the negotiating table.

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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.

The plan, which Trump would still have to sign off on, would be followed within 10 days by all-Afghan settlements to develop a get ready for the political future of a post- war Afghanistan.

"The next stage - the negotiations among Afghans that are supposed to come next - will be much more complex and could well take longer".

"We are waiting for a clear answer from the Taliban for a cease-fire or lasting reduction in violence based on a working mechanism which is acceptable to the people of Afghanistan and the U.S. government, " his office said.

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

Doha has been the venue for talks between the warring sides since 2018 even as fighting has continued across the country, killing hundreds of civilians and soldiers as the Taliban have expanded their territorial control.

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".

In his annual State of the Union tackle on February 4, Trump renewed his vow to negotiate a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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