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US-Taliban deal likely to be signed next week

10 Aug 2019 1TV News

2019-08-10 | 17 minute ago

The United States and the Taliban will likely sign a peace agreement on coming Tuesday or Wednesday, following eighth round of talks in Doha, sources told 1TV.

Based on the agreement, the US will withdraw its 5,000 troops from Afghanistan within four months and half and 8,000 within two years, sources said.

The Taliban’s cutting ties with al-Qaeda is also included in the agreement, sources said.

The deal also included release of between 5,000-10,000 Taliban prisoners, according to sources.

Sediq Sediqi, a spokesman for Afghan president, said on Saturday US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been holding talks with the Taliban, had shared details of a draft deal before start of latest round of talks.

He said that the Afghan government shared its considerations with the US side.

Sediqi said that there was no new progress in peace process.

Meanwhile, Washington has suggested that tensions between India and Pakistan could affect Afghan peace talks.

“I think that there are always a range of issues, not just India and Pakistan, that could affect the Afghanistan peace negotiations, but I think Zal is one of the best diplomats in the business, and if anyone can get to this deal, it’s going to be him,” said Morgan Ortagus, a spokesperson for US State Department.

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