'US, Taleban to sign peace deal in few days'

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Kabul - Zaeef said the US and the Taleban have agreed on a full withdrawal of foreign forces.


Published: Sat 24 Aug 2019, 12:39 PM

Last updated: Sat 24 Aug 2019, 2:51 PM

A former Taleban member has said that an agreement between the US and the militant group would be finalised within the next few days.

Abdul Salam Zaeef, who served as Taleban's ambassador for Pakistan in the late 1990s, said that the deputy leader of the group, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will sign the peace agreement with the US, reported TOLO News.

Zaeef said the US negotiators wanted to mention in the agreement that the Tali]eban will not have any relations with terrorist groups after the peace agreement.

The ninth round of the negotiations began in Doha on Thursday.

Zaeef said the US and the Taleban have agreed on a full withdrawal of foreign forces in 15 to 24 months and on counterterrorism assurances.

"It will be in contravention of the agreement if the US forces remain in the country after a peace deal," Zaeef said, referring to reports about a possible presence of the US intelligence in Afghanistan even after it pulls all American troops by 2020.

According to the former ambassador, China, Russia and Pakistan will be the guarantors of the agreement from the Taleban side, reports TOLO News.

Zaeef said that the intra-Afghan negotiations will begin a week after the US-Taleban peace agreement.

He, however, did not reject the existence of rift within the Afghan groups. "The future of Afghanistan will be discussed in the intra-Afghan negotiations," Zaeef said.

This comes as the Afghan government has said that the list of the peace negotiating team was ready and that it will be announced after an agreement between the US and the Taleban.

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