UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo assured the international community that there are no secret additions to the agreement between the White House and the Taliban movement.
As Pompeo said in an interview with CBS News, the agreement has a secret part related to the security of American soldiers. Congressmen and senators of the USA will be allowed to get acquainted with it. Nothing else, said Pompeo, is not contained in the text of the document.
“There are no secret agreements,” the Secretary of State emphasized.
Pompeo believes that the parties to the Afghan conflict will need US assistance in negotiations, the start of which is expected in the near future. “It will be a difficult conversation, and we want it to be an inclusive conversation,” the Secretary of State added.
The United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in Qatar on Saturday.
The war in Afghanistan lasted 18 years. The Americans will withdraw military units from Afghanistan in 14 months if the Taliban do not carry out attacks and an inter-Afghan dialogue begins.
Before the negotiations, the Taliban and the government should exchange prisoners. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday that Kabul did not commit itself to freeing the captive Taliban, and “this issue could become part of the inter-Afghan negotiations, but not their condition.”
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