Taliban must live up to its commitments made in peace deal with U.S.: Pompeo

The Taliban must live up to its commitments made in the peace deal with the U.S. and never assault American troopers, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has emphasised throughout a video convention with the rebel chief, Mullah Baradar, on the Afghan reconciliation course of.

An settlement signed between the U.S. and the Taliban in February in Doha drew up plans for withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in alternate for safety ensures from the rebel group.

“The Secretary (Pompeo) made clear the expectation for the Taliban to live up to their commitments, which include not attacking Americans,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus mentioned on Tuesday.

The video convention was held on Monday to talk about the implementation of the U.S.-Taliban settlement, she mentioned.

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As a part of the Doha deal, the U.S. dedicated to withdraw its 12,000 troops within 14 months. Troops have since been lowered by over 1 / 4, in accordance to a current report on Afghanistan printed by the Congressional Research Service.

The Taliban dedicated to forestall different teams, together with Al Qaeda, from utilizing Afghan soil to recruit, prepare or fund increase towards actions that threaten the U.S. or its allies.

“The agreement is accompanied by secret annexes, raising concerns among some members of Congress. U.S. officials describe the prospective U.S. withdrawal as ‘conditions-based’, but have not specified exactly what conditions would halt, reverse, or otherwise alter the withdrawal timeline laid out in the agreement,” the Congressional Research Service report mentioned.

The name comes because the Special U.S. Representative for Reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is at the moment touring the area to advance the deal. Khalilzad departed on June 28 for journey to Qatar, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

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He won’t be going to the Afghan capital, Kabul, due to the risks introduced by the coronavirus and as a substitute will video convention with Afghan leaders.

The Taliban has stored up violence towards Afghan authorities forces, delaying talks between the 2 sides on a peace settlement.

The uncommon video convention between America’s high diplomat and the Taliban chief happened amidst reviews that Russia supplied Taliban bounties for killing US troopers.

The New York Times first reported final weekend that Russian intelligence officers supplied bounties to the Taliban to kill coalition troopers in Afghanistan.

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