The US government asked Afghans for unity on Friday once they signed an agreement with the Taliban on February 29 to reduce violence and that it must end the war and the US military presence in that country in the long run.
“We are preparing for the signing that will take place on February 29. Intra-Afghan negotiations will begin shortly after … The only way to achieve sustainable peace in Afghanistan is for Afghans to come together and agree on the way forward.” the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said in a statement.
The head of US diplomacy recalled that his country and the Taliban have participated in Qatar in “broad talks to facilitate a political agreement to end the war in Afghanistan, reduce the presence of the US and allied forces (in that country), and ensure that no terrorist group uses Afghan soil. “
In negotiations in recent weeks in Doha, the Taliban and US representatives, with the support of the Government of Afghan National Unity, pledged to achieve a “significant and national reduction of violence”, which will lead to the signing of the agreement and should lead to a “permanent and integral ceasefire and the future political road map” for the country.
“The challenges persist, but the progress made in Doha provides hope and represents a real opportunity. The United States calls on all Afghans to seize this moment,” Pompeo insisted.
As the Taliban announced today, the agreement, whose signature observers and representatives from different countries and international organizations will be invited, must then move towards “the release of prisoners” and the “withdrawal of all foreign forces.”
This agreement may become another element of the US President Donald Trump’s campaign in the face of the November elections, since one of his campaign promises in 2016 was the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. , country in which the Pentagon maintains between 12,000 and 13,000 military.