US and Taliban mediators are near an agreement that would diminish battling and permit full peace talks between Afghans, a top US authority said on Sunday, a day after radical forces raged the vital northern city of Kunduz in Afghanistan.
According to the Guardian news, just hours after Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador supervising negotiations for Washington talked, the same moment the Taliban assaulted a second Afghan city, Puli Khumri, the capital of Baghlan territory, an authority stated.
Khalilzad stated that he cautioned the Taliban during talks in Qatar that “brutality like this must stop.” Nevertheless, he seemed resolved to proceed with the agreement that plans the withdrawal of 14,000 left US troops in return for Taliban ensures that Afghanistan won’t be utilized as a launchpad for global assaults. The Guardian news reported.
“We are on the edge of an agreement that will diminish violence, open new ways for Afghans to sit together, and negotiate a fair and sustainable harmony. Moreover, a sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, or its allies or any other nation,” Khalilzad stated in a tweet.
The tweet came a day after a major demonstration of strength by many Taliban fighters who overran parts of Kunduz, a city they have twice verged on capturing as of late faced a day of gun battle and airstrikes to drive them back.
Diplomat Khalilzad gave no intricacies of the deal, which is expected to see a large number of US troops pulled back from Afghanistan in return for promises by the Taliban not to enable the nation to be utilized as a base for militant assaults abroad.
According to the Guardian news, A senior Taliban leader stated that “they will presently examine these developments with their very own administration, while Zalmay Khalilzad is supposed to go to Kabul and educate the Afghan leadership about the resolutions made in the peace discussions.”
The agreement would not end the conflicts between the Taliban and Afghan security powers, but it would enable the beginning of “intra-Afghan” peace talks, expected to be held in Oslo, Norway.
As per the Guardian news, However, it was uncertain whether the Taliban would consent to talk legitimately with the Western-backed administration of President Ashraf Ghani, which they consider an illegal foreign-imposed rule.
It was vague whether the agreement would cover the withdrawal of each of the 14,500 US troops or to what extent a pullout would take place.
Above 20,000 foreign troops are in the nation, most serving in as the Nato-led mission to train and help Afghan forces. Thousands of US troops are also working in different counter-terrorism mission battling terror groups, for example, Islamic State and al-Qaida. According to international media, the Taliban fighters who are in control of enormous portions of the region attacked the Kunduz city early on Saturday, seized vast zones, a hospital, before Afghan security forces pushed them back via airstrikes.