US reaches agreement with Taliban: US peace negotiator

EYEAFRICA TV: Kabul, Afghanistan: An agreement on paper has been reached in principle with the Taliban, top U.S. peace negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday.
In an interview with Afghanistan’s Tolo News, he said the U.S. forces would vacate five military bases in Afghanistan in initial 135 days after signing of the deal. US forces would vacate five military bases in Afghanistan in initial 135 days after signing of deal.
Over the weekend, the U.S. and Taliban announced to have concluded the latest round of marathon peace talks in Doha, Qatar. ”We are at the threshold of an agreement [with the Taliban]”, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said early Sunday morning as he left Doha for Kabul.
”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”, the Afghanistan-born seasoned U.S. diplomat tweeted on Sunday.
This comes after the Taliban stormed Baghlan and Kunduz provinces in the north killing over 200 people, mostly Taliban militants, security forces and civilians in past two days, according to officials.
Afghanistan has witnessed a surge in violence ahead of this month’s presidential elections, which the Taliban insurgents oppose.

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