US agreement and the Taliban is promising
Feb. 16, 2020
Munich, Germany.- One truce agreed by U.S and the Taliban , which could achieve the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, “looks very promising” although it is not without risks. This is what he said US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper this Saturday.
As published by the AP news agency, through its page web, Esper anticipated the formal announcement of the agreement that estimates seven days of “Violence reduction” and noted that it is time to allow the political negotiations will lead to peace in Afghanistan . A American official would also have assured that the agreement was a fact and would come into force soon.
This Sunday is expected a formal announcement of the pact while the period of violence reduction It would start on Monday, people familiar with the plan said. “By way of that a proposal to reduce violence negotiated by our ambassador and the Taliban, ”said Esper during the Conference on Security in Munich
“It looks very promising,” said the American spokesman. “My opinion is that we must give an opportunity to peace, that the best if not the only way to move forward in Afghanistan is by a political agreement and that means taking some risk, ”he added.
“That means enabling our diplomats and means working with our partners and allies in the ground to affect such a thing, ”he said. Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, met on Friday in Germany with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has been skeptical about the issue.
It is worth noting that the agreement contemplates giving up the attacks for seven days and then signing a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban. Ten days later they would start peace talks with all Afghan parties and the phased withdrawal of US troops over 18 months.
While Ghani yet has not ruled on the pact, celebrated last week by the envoy American special Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban representatives in Doha , Qatar ; however, Esper pointed out that Ghani supported the agreement and promised to support him.