US chief negotiator Harry Zade said today that according to the draft peace agreement he reached with the Afghan militia group Taliban, the United States will withdraw 5,400 US troops from Afghanistan within 135 days and close 5 Base.
Reuters and the New York Times (NYT) reported that Zalmay Khalilzad, who was interviewed by Tolo News, said that the agreement between the representatives of the two sides that had been negotiated for several months still required US President Trump’s approval. sign.
He said: “In principle, we have achieved our goals. It is not far from signing documents.”
The Taliban will work to prevent the use of Afghanistan by militant groups such as al Qaeda or Islamic State (IS) as a base for attacking the United States and its allies in exchange for a gradual withdrawal of the United States.
DW News reported that the senior US diplomat Harry Zid, who was born in Afghanistan, said the goal of the agreement is to end the war and reduce violent clashes in Afghanistan, but there will be no formal ceasefire agreement. He said that this will be negotiated by the Afghans themselves to reach a settlement.
Harry Zade is also said to have told the Afghan leaders that the agreement also includes the right to assist the government forces if the Afghan forces are attacked by the Taliban.
Harry Zade refused to explain how long the remaining 14,000 US troops would remain in Afghanistan after the completion of the first phase of the withdrawal, although Taliban officials previously insisted that all foreign troops had to leave Afghanistan.
Western officials have previously stated that if the Taliban reach certain conditions, the time for the US military to fully withdraw from Afghanistan may be within 16 months.
A spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said today that Ghani has heard the draft agreement brief and will read the details and make comments.
Haridzad said that the “inside Afghan” talks, which may be held in Norway, aimed at reaching a broader political solution and ending the war between the Taliban and the Western-backed Kabul government.
The details of any further negotiations are still unclear, and the Taliban have so far refused to deal directly with the government. The Taliban believes that the Kabul authorities are illegal “squatting” regimes.
If the United States officially signs an agreement with the Taliban, it is expected to be the beginning of ending the US military stationed in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years. The United States sent troops to Afghanistan after the September 11th incident in 2001. This war claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Afghans. The United States and coalition forces also lost more than 3,500 members.
However, the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has also raised concerns among U.S. officials and U.S. national security personnel. They fear that Afghanistan will fall into a new civil war, re-establishing the Taliban and allowing international militants, including IS, to seek refuge.