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No accord yet on troop pullout with Taliban: US

No accord yet on troop pullout with Taliban: US

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): No agreement has been reached so far with the Talibaninfo-icon on a timeline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistaninfo-icon, a US diplomat told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.  

"The US has made clear to the Taliban that we are prepared to reduce our forces. However, we have not agreed to [a] number or timeline with the Taliban", Political Coordinator Rodney Hunter said.

A final disposition of forces would be determined with a peace settlement and with the establishment of a new government in Kabul, the envoy explained.

The Trump administration was ready to create a foundation for intra-Afghan talks beginning soon, the envoy was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

A document outlining Taliban commitments to preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists as well as address the withdrawal of foreign troops would finalised soon, he indicated.

"Regarding terrorism, we have made progress and may soon be in the position to conclude a draft text outlining the Taliban’s commitments to ensure Afghan soil is never again used for international terrorism", Hunter said.

He added the issue of a US troop presence in the country, which was condition-based, would also be discussed with the Taliban.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud



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