Breakthrough development reported in Afghan Taliban peace deal with United States

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Breakthrough development reported in Afghan Taliban peace deal with United States

KABUL - Breakthrough development reported in Afghan Taliban peace deal with United States.

The date for the signing of a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban will be announced within the next few days and then both sides will start discussions about intra-Afghan talks, said the source.

During the forthcoming round of talks between the US and the Taliban, both sides will establish a timeline for signing the peace agreement and starting the intra-Afghan talks, according to the source.

“The ceasefire has two components: The first component is to announce a ceasefire before signing an agreement with the US. The second part is about a nationwide agreement both with Afghans and the foreigners. I think the Taliban have not agreed on the first component,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

The International Crisis Group in a report released on Friday listed Afghanistan among ten conflict-ridden countries whose fate will be influenced by the behavior of world powers, for whom “conflict prevention or resolution carries scant inherent value.”

In the case of the US, the ICG report said: “Washington is both eager to retain the benefits of its leadership and unwilling to shoulder the burdens of carrying it. As a consequence, it is guilty of the cardinal sin of any great power: allowing the gap between ends and means to grow. These days, neither friend nor foe knows quite where America stands.”

The report said that the current US-Taliban agreement is only the beginning of a “long road,” but “almost certainly” is the “only hope” of calming the war.