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US and Taliban Reach Truce

Saturday 15 February 2020

MUNICH (euronews) — The United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement, on the sidelines of a major security summit in Munich, that could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan.

The official said the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is “very specific” and covers the entire country including Afghan forces. It came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met in Munich with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.

A truce had been widely anticipated, and President Donald Trump has agreed in principle to the deal, which could lead to the start of significant U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials.

The final details were hammered out in recent days by U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar. Khalilzad was in Munich and attended Pompeo and Esper’s meeting as did Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan.


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