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If the Taliban do not fulfill their obligations, they will lose their chance to sit down with other Afghans and discuss the future of their country. In addition, the United States would not hesitate to destroy the agreement,” Esper said in prepared remarks. The United States and the Taliban signed an agreement after 18 years of war in Afghanistan. It calls for the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from the country within 14 months. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the deal was just the beginning and that Washington was ready to step down if the Taliban did not comply with the agreement. The agreement triggers the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a central claim of the Taliban since the conflict began in 2001. In the first 135 days of the agreement, the United States will reduce its troops to 8,600 of the 13,000 currently stationed in Afghanistan. The agreement provides for a 14-month deadline for the withdrawal of “all U.S. armed forces, all of its allies and coalition partners, including all non-diplomatic civilian agents, private security companies, instructors, advisors and support staff.” Representatives of the United States and the Taliban sealed a pioneering agreement in Qatar to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan. The agreement will pave the way for an internal dialogue in Afghanistan. Shamil Shams has been reported in Doha.

The agreement between the United States and the Taliban and the joint declaration also concern the release, by 10 March, of 5,000 Taliban prisoners held by the government and 1,000 government prisoners held by the Taliban. This is an early obstacle to intra-Afghanistan negotiations. The Taliban want all 5,000 of their prisoners released as a precondition for talks; the Afghan government wants a gradual release to encourage good faith negotiations. The resolution of this difference could delay intra-Afghanistan discussions beyond 10 March. “No agreement is perfect and the agreement of the U.S. Taliban is no exception,” said Robert Malley, who was a senior White House adviser for the Middle East under President Barack Obama. As part of the agreement, the militants also agreed not to allow al Qaeda or any other extremist group to operate in the areas they control. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar put the agreement on the line in Doha, Qatar. MINISTER OF FOREIGN MINISTER Mike Pompeo witnessed the signing of the agreement. In addition to troops and terrorism, the agreement between the United States and the Taliban requires the Taliban to negotiate by March 10 with Afghan politicians and civil society representatives, as well as with representatives of the Afghan government.

This is the first time that formal direct talks have been held between the Taliban and Representatives of the Afghan Government. DOHA, Qatar – The United States and the Taliban on Saturday signed a landmark agreement to end the longest U.S. war and pave the way for Afghan factions to end 18 years of costly fighting in their country. The United States also has influence over the government and the Taliban through its money. Those who govern Afghanistan need the help of foreign donors, and nothing in the agreements signed this week commits at certain levels beyond a promise made by the United States to the Afghan government that it will “seek funds every year that… Afghan security forces to enable Afghanistan to secure and defend itself independently.┬áThe fact that U.S. civilian support almost always collapses when American troops leave a theater should give the Taliban a break to be cautious about what they want. After the successful implementation of a week of reducing violence in Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban reached an agreement Saturday to end the long-running conflict. In practice, the United States will have great flexibility in implementing the agreement. Although the full details of the Taliban`s counterterrorism commitments are not publicly available, it is unlikely that the Taliban will fully respect the broad language that prohibits any group from threatening the United States from you.