By: Lailuma Noori
US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in a meeting with leaders of national unity government shared draft of peace agreement to be signed between US and Taliban with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.
According to a spokesperson to presidential office, US special peace envoy for Afghanistan has shared details of peace talks with the Taliban group and copy of the draft framework agreement with Afghanistan officials.
“Afghanistan government with consideration to national interests and demands of the vast majority of the people lasting peace will look into the draft and review it with details,” said Sediq Sediqi, spokesperson to President Ghani.
He stressed that peace was in top priority of Afghanistan government, but efforts of Afghanistan allies would give result when Taliban entered to direct talks with Afghanistan government, violence end and ceasefire was implemented.
“The people of Afghanistan have seriously suffered from continued war imposed by the Taliban. In the meantime, the international community has paid big price for the protection of republic; therefore, we will strongly defend all these values,” Sediqi added.
Meanwhile, Director General of Office of Public and Strategic Affairs of Afghanistan government Waheed Omar in a tweet has said that discussions with US special peace envoy for Afghanistan would continue.
“President Ghani and CE Abdullah met with Amb Khalilzad today. He handed over a copy of the draft framework agreements between US and Taliban. discussions between the government and Khalilzad led team continue. Sediq Sediqi will provide more details to media soon,” Omar tweeted.
This comes after the ninth round of peace talks between US and Taliban ended on 31st August in Doha. Upon ending the ninth round of the talks, US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in a tweet said that both sides were on the threshold of reaching agreement based on which ways would be paved for reduction of violence and lasting peace in Afghanistan.
“We are at the threshold of an agreement that will reduce violence and open the door for Afghans to sit together to negotiate an honorable & sustainable peace and a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country,” Khalilzad tweeted.
The US special peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, who is in Kabul after wrapping up Doha talks, says the United States and the Taliban have reached an agreement in principle, but it is not final until US President Trump agrees on it, saying that returning of the Islamic Emirate could be a redline for the US.
According to US special peace envoy for Afghanistan, based on the draft agreement, the US will withdraw 5,000 troops from five bases in Afghanistan within 135 days if conditions in the agreement are addressed by the Taliban. He added that in first step Taliban would reduce violence in Kabul and Parwan provinces.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan government hopes that direct talks will soon begin between the government and Taliban to put end to the ongoing war in the country. We’ll see whether Afghanistan will reach lasting peace upon reaching peace agreement with the Taliban group or not?