Wednesday 18 September 2019

Taliban close to an agreement over withdrawal of US forces

Afghanistan

'A senior security official in Kabul said the Taliban and US officials had agreed on a timeline of about 14 to 24 months for the withdrawal of the US forces.' Stock photo
'A senior security official in Kabul said the Taliban and US officials had agreed on a timeline of about 14 to 24 months for the withdrawal of the US forces.' Stock photo

Abdul Qadir Sediqi

The Taliban said yesterday it was close to an agreement on a deal that would see US forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a promise that the country would not become a haven for international militants.

Negotiations over how to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan have been held in Doha, capital of Qatar, since late last year.

"We hope to have good news soon for our Muslim, independence-seeking nation," said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha.

US officials engaged in talks were not immediately available for comment.

A senior security official in Kabul said the Taliban and US officials had agreed on a timeline of about 14 to 24 months for the withdrawal of the US forces.

Details would be shared with the Afghan government before they were made public, the official said.

Irish Independent

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