U.S. and Taliban agree on armistice and U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan

Source : 112 Ukraine

The war in Afghanistan continues since 2001
18:02, 29 February 2020
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Representatives of the United States and the Taliban are planning to sign an agreement in Qatar that will usher in a settlement to the armed conflict that has continued in Afghanistan since 2001. It is reported by the BBC.

Representatives of about 30 countries will attend the signing ceremony. These will include US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

It is reported that over the past week a regime of "reduction of violence" has been maintained in Afghanistan, which extends to the US military, Taliban and Afghan security forces. According to official figures, from February 22, when the regime entered into force, the number of security incidents has significantly decreased.

"In recent days, we have seen a significant reduction in the level of violence in Afghanistan, and therefore we are very close to signing an agreement between the US and the Taliban," said Jens Stoltenberg.
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He also emphasized that this agreement is only the first, albeit important step, and the method of political settlement in Afghanistan is the inter-Afghan negotiation process, which should be launched in the near future.

At the same time, Andrew Watkins, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, noted that the document to be signed by the parties is not a peace agreement.

“This is the result of the previous stage of the Afghan peace process, which was necessary to put the Taliban at the negotiating table with the Afghan government and political leadership for a substantive dialogue,” the expert said.

As you know, the US invasion of Afghanistan occurred after the September 11, 2001 attacks and resulted in the longest war involving America. At present, about 13 000 US soldiers and about 8 000 NATO troops are in Afghanistan.
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