Pompeo: US Will Sign Drawdown Deal With Taliban if Afghanistan Reduction of Violence is Successful

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that the US is ready to sign an accord on the reduction of troop presence in Afghanistan with the Taliban if the recent measured directed to reduce violence in the country hold.

“We’ve arrived at historic opportunity for peace. It won’t be easy to obtain. We should cease the moment, If and only if a s reduction in violence period] is successful, we will sign the US-Taliban agreement coordinated with the government of National Unity on”, Pompeo said.

The Secretary of State added that if all goes well, the deal will be signed on 29 February or around it, thus allowing the start of US troop withdrawal and further negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghani government. At the same time, Pompeo admitted that intra-Afghan negotiations may still not succeed.

Commenting on how the violence reduction period is going, the Secretary of State characterised it as “imperfect”, but still “working”.

25 / February 2020
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