US seeking comprehensive peace agreement with Taliban: Zalmay
The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has said that the United States is seeking a comprehensive peace agreement, not a withdrawal agreement in its talks with the Taliban.
He said this in a tweet responding to a Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen’s remarks that the United States has accepted to withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan.
Khalilzad said, they are preparing for the next round of talks with the Taliban that would cover counterterrorism assurances, withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, intra-Afghan talks to find a political settlement to the war and a permanent cease-fire.
A comprehensive peace agreement is made up of four inter-connected parts: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations that lead to a political settlement; and a comprehensive & permanent ceasefire. This is a framework which the Taliban accept.