KABUL -- Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says a reduction in violence agreed to between Taliban fighters and the United States is due to start within the next five days.
The announcement on February 18 comes a day after Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah told a meeting of government ministers that the Taliban had agreed to a seven-day reduction of violence ahead of a peace deal with the United States that had been “finalized” a week earlier and may be signed as soon as February 29.
A Taliban spokesman based in Qatar, where peace talks with U.S. negotiators have been under way, also said an agreement had been reached and “will be signed” before the end of February.
"According to the agreement, all foreign troops will leave Afghanistan," Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on February 17. "We will not allow anyone to use Afghanistan's land [to launch attacks] against another country."
Some 5,000 Taliban prisoners are to be released following the signing of the agreement and before the beginning of intra-Afghan negotiations, Shaheen said.
The New York Times reported last week that U.S. President Donald Trump had given his “conditional” approval of a peace deal.
The newspaper reported that Washington wants the Taliban negotiators in Qatar to prove they hold sway over Taliban fighters in remote parts of Afghanistan by ordering the seven-day reduction in militant violence before the peace deal is formally signed.
Afghan Government Says Taliban To Reduce Violence Within Five Days Under Peace Deal
Russia Scrambling To Compensate For Destroyed Bridges In Southern Ukraine, Satellite Imagery Suggests2
Pet Patrol: Turkmen Dogcatchers Assigned To Kill 'Seven Stray Dogs A Day'3
In Ukraine, New Battle Lines Are Drawn: Look To The South4
Ukrainians Thank North Macedonia For Supply Of Soviet-Era Tanks5
Boom To Bust: Putin Sacrifices Gazprom's Lucrative European Market, 'Geopolitical Heft' In War With Ukraine6
Amnesty Ukraine Chief Quits Over Rights Report7
Revived Rockets: Ukraine's Verba Multiple Launcher System Targets Russian Forces In Kharkiv8
Ukraine, Russia Trade Blame On Shelling At Nuclear Power Plant As Fighting Rages In Donetsk9
Merchant Of Death. Lord Of War. The McDonald's Of Arms Trafficking: Who Is Viktor Bout?10
Foreign-Flagged Cargo Vessel Arrives At Ukrainian Port For The First Time Since The Start Of The War