UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump reiterated his intention to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan amid plans to sign an agreement with the Taliban.
The document is expected to be signed on Saturday, February 29, in Doha.
“If the Taliban and the Government of Afghanistan fulfill (their) obligations, we will have a direct path to ending the war in Afghanistan and returning our troops home. These obligations represent an important step towards a lasting peace in a new Afghanistan, free from al-Qaeda, IS, and any other terrorist groups that will seek to harm us. Ultimately, it is the people of Afghanistan who will have to decide how to live on.”
“Therefore, we urge afgansky people take this opportunity to establish peace and build a new future for their country, ” said in a statement the head of state, the press service of the White House.
“When I ran for president, I promised the American people that I would begin to withdraw our troops home and try to put an end to this war. We are making significant progress in fulfilling this promise,” the president said.
He recalled that almost 19 years ago, US troops went to Afghanistan to “eradicate the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks.” According to the president, during this time the United States “made great progress in Afghanistan, but it cost dearly to our brave military personnel, American taxpayers and the people of Afghanistan.”
Trump also recalled that the United States destroyed or detained many of the ISIS and Al-Qaeda terrorists, and the prepared agreements are “the result of the strenuous efforts of those who fought so hard in Afghanistan for the United States of America”.
The U.S. and the Taliban have been negotiating for several months in 2019. The US representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the delegation of the Taliban political office in Doha, after eight rounds of negotiations, agreed on a draft peace treaty that included a ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and the start of general inter-Afghan peace talks.
However, in September, after a series of terrorist acts committed by the Taliban in Kabul and a number of other cities, which also killed the US military, President Donald Trump ordered that negotiations with the Taliban be stopped and the agreement be canceled.
In mid-January, the Taliban reported to Khalilzad a document proposing a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan for seven to ten days. The representative of the Taliban political office in Qatar confirmed the resumption of negotiations between the Afghan radical movement and the American delegation led by Khalilzad.
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