Riyadh: Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is preparing to sign a deal with the Taliban group on February 29, based on a consensus on reducing violence in Afghanistan. “The signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to proceed with the successful implementation of the Consensus on Violence Reduction,” he said in a release following a visit to Saudi Arabia. Javed Faisal, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Security Council, said: “The Taliban, US and Afghan government security forces have agreed to stop ‘violent activity’ from Saturday to next week, and the coming week will see whether or not it will compromise. Let’s hope that all three powers agree to reduce violence now. Partial negotiations will take historic steps to end the conflict in Afghanistan for more than 18 years and pave the way for a deal that will eventually see the end of the war. The US Foreign Minister, Pompeo, said that a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire and future political roadmap for Afghanistan will be made at this basic stage. Pompeo said, “The challenge is still there, but the progress made so far offers hope and represents real opportunity. The US urges all Afghan citizens to use this moment. ” US ready to deal with Taliban.
Meanwhile, North Atlantic Treaty Organization neto chief Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement Friday welcoming US-Taliban consent. He said the agreement had opened the possible path to long-term peace in Afghanistan. “I welcome today’s announcement that there has been an understanding of a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan,” Stoltenberg said in a release. He said, “This is a test of the Taliban’s will and ability to reduce violence and it will contribute to faith for peace. It will ensure dialogue between the Afghans, lasting peace and ensure that the country is not a safe haven for terrorists again. ” There are 16,000 NETO troops in Afghanistan who have provided training, support and advice to local forces. Russia has called the new agreement on the US-Taliban a historic agreement “a significant event” for Afghanistan’s peace. Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Moscow, Zamir Kabulov, told state-run news agency RIA Novosti, “If you are invited to the agreement, you have said that you will be there. He believed this would be an important event for the peace process in Afghanistan. “Moscow is fully confident that there will be no obstruction to the deal, and after the agreement with the United States, Moscow urges all sides to start dialogue,” Kabulov said. US ready to deal with Taliban.
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