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US sets terms for signing peace with Taliban

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US peace agreement and the Taliban (banned in Russia) will not be signed if it does not support the ceasefire in Afghanistan.

This was announced by Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Robert O’Brien to CBS.

If the Taliban do not adhere to the agreements under the plan to reduce violence <…>, I think that we are unlikely to sign a peace treaty.

O’Brien added that the United States is not going to reduce troops below the level needed to protect American interests and partners in Afghanistan.

It is noted that the White House and the militants have already negotiated for several months in 2019. Washington’s representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Qatar’s political office of radicals ultimately approved a draft peace treaty providing for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and the beginning of general inter-Afghan contacts.

But in September, after several terrorist attacks carried out by the Taliban in the capital of the republic and other cities, the US military were also victims of, the US head Donald Trump ordered that negotiations with the militants be stopped.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced Washington’s intention to sign a settlement agreement with the Taliban radicals. The date of signing the document is scheduled for February 29, 2020. Trump said he will personally sign a settlement agreement with the Taliban radicals.

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