US Official Reveals Details Of Taliban Deal
Umer Jamshaid 2 days ago Sat 15th February 2020 | 12:00 AM
Munich, Germany, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :A US-Taliban deal for a seven-day reduction violence in Afghanistan will apply across the country, a senior American official said Friday, unveiling details of the agreement Washington hopes will lead to a full peace accord.
The weeklong period has not yet begun but will do so "really soon", the official said, contradicting a Taliban suggestion it would start on Friday.
The partial truce came after more than a year of gruelling talks between US officials and the jihadists as they seek an end to what has become the US's longest war.
"The reduction of violence agreement is very specific. And... it's nationwide and it includes the Afghans," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The US military, which has between 12,000 and 13,000 troops in Afghanistan, will monitor the reduction in violence to ensure the Taliban upholds its commitments, the official said at the Munich Security Conference.
Some kind of communication channel between the US military and the Taliban is foreseen to address any problems that arise, including possible "false flag" attempts by outside actors to sabotage the accord.
"We will be monitoring, there will be verification associated with it to see if the Taliban deliver -- if the Taliban deliver on their commitments we have commitments, in terms of reduction of forces that are also specific," the official said.
If the partial truce holds, the hope is that it could lead to a next stage of negotiations -- between the Taliban and the Kabul government, with an eventual comprehensive peace deal the ultimate goal.
President Donald Trump hailed the reduction in violence as a sign that a fuller accord was "very close".