UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States will not abandon Afghanistan after concluding an agreement with the radical Taliban movement and is ready to use force against the Taliban in case of violation of the agreements. In this, US representatives assured Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan delegates at the Munich Security Conference.
CNN previously reported citing a source in Munich that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration may announce an agreement with the Taliban to reduce violence this week.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier: NATO is not leaving Afghanistan , but the Alliance is ready to change the size of its military in this country if the Taliban demonstrate “their willingness to stop violence and compromise.”
According to a CNN source, in Munich, the Americans told Kabul: they guarantee that if the Taliban violate the terms of the agreement, the United States will have “enough firepower to destroy them.” Also, if the Taliban do not abide by the agreement, the United States will consider the agreement violated and, possibly, increase the number of its military in Afghanistan.
It is reported that the representatives of Afghanistan at the same time fully support the US steps and respect the agreement with the Taliban to reduce violence, but questions remain for him, reports RIA News . Representatives of Kabul, they said, need to understand in detail how this agreement will operate.
Also, according to a CNN source, the Taliban are convincing their militants that the agreement to reduce violence is not a compromise, but a defeat of a Western power. The Taliban, the source says, are confident that coming to power in Afghanistan is only a matter of time for them. According to the Government of Afghanistan, the Taliban are afraid of peace, since in this case their militants will have to “join the society.”
Negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban took place for several months in 2019. After eight rounds of talks, the US representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the delegation of the Taliban political office in Qatar, Doha agreed on a draft peace treaty. It provided for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and the beginning of general inter-Afghan peace talks.
However, in September 2019, after a series of terrorist acts committed by the Taliban in Kabul and other cities, which also killed the US military, US President Donald Trump ordered that the negotiations with the Taliban be terminated and the agreement signed off.
Earlier it was reported that the Taliban handed over to the US ambassador in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad a document proposing to establish a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan for a period of 7-10 days. However, it is possible that the radical commanders and militants of the Taliban will not want to join the truce.
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