US to take Afghan govt into confidence over peace agreement

Published: August 27, 2019
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The Afghan Taliban. Photo: Anadolu Agency

The Afghan Taliban. Photo: Anadolu Agency

KARACHI: With the US-Taliban talks nearing conclusion, the Donald Trump administration has decided to take the Afghan government into confidence regarding the finalisation of the peace agreement.

US and Taliban officials have been negotiating on an agreement focusing on the withdrawal of US forces, and an end to their longest-ever war.

Before the announcement of the successful dialogues, US and Taliban officials will take their leadership into confidence over the draft of the peace agreement.

After the approval of both governments, the announcement for the peace agreement will be made.

After the agreement, the facilitators will try to arrange a dialogue between the Trump Administration and the Taliban government to establish a strong government in Afghanistan and to formulate solutions for various issues.

Taliban say close to agreement with US

According to sources, Pakistan will play a vital role in facilitating meetings between the Afghan government and Taliban aimed to initiate talks for the peace process.

Both the US and Afghanistan are to contact the higher authorities in Pakistan after signing the peace treaty.

Through mutual consultations, all groups will push to wrap up talks regarding peace affairs and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

The talks will be held in either Qatar or Kabul. All groups are asked to observe a ceasefire prior to the meeting.

According to the sources, the restrictions imposed on Taliban are expected to be uplifted after the peace agreement.

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