US and Taliban Sign Basic Agreement to Reach Peace
The US and the Taliban have reached an agreement to end the bloody struggle in Afghanistan that has been going on for almost twenty years.
The special American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the founders and leaders of the Taliban, have signed the agreement.
That happened in Doha, the capital of the Arab emirate Qatar. US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo had come to Qatar to witness the signing of the agreement.
Among other things, the agreement provides for a schedule for the gradual withdrawal of Americans and for starting peace negotiations between all parties involved.
All US and other NATO forces could be withdrawn from the country in fourteen months if the Taliban met the terms of the agreement. In the first 135 days, the US and NATO allies could withdraw the first troops from five military bases in Afghanistan.
Shortly before signing, Pompeo said that the Taliban, for example, undertake to “embrace” the progress made in the position of women since 2001. The Taliban must also renounce all ties with the al-Qaeda terror network and combat the Islamic State movement.
Abdul Ghani Baradar said he wants to keep to the agreements made with the US. He continues to strive for an Islamic government of the country.