US Considers Recent Agreement With Taliban As 'Important Breakthrough' - Pompeo
Sumaira FH 12 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 12:10 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th February, 2020) The United States considers its recent agreement with the Taliban for a week-long reduction of violence in Afghanistan to be a significant breakthrough in the peace process, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Thursday.
"I don't have much to add yet, other than we have made real progress over the last handful of days...We're actively engaged in those conversations and we had something we consider a pretty important breakthrough over the last few days," Pompeo said when asked about an update on peace talks with the Taliban.
Earlier on Thursday, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a press conference in Brussels said the seven-day truce will test whether the Taliban is serious about taking further steps in the peace process.
The United States and the Taliban have been trying to negotiate a peace deal since 2018 that would ensure the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in exchange for the movement's guarantee that the country will not become a safe haven for terrorists.