Afghan Taliban and Washington sign historic Afghanistan peace deal in Doha today
ISLAMABAD - The Taliban and Washington are ready to sign the deal in Doha on Saturday (today). Both are likely to agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops after two years of secured negotiations.
Diplomats from Afghanistan, the US India, Pakistan, and other UN member states have begun gathering along with Taliban representatives today morning at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha. The peace deal is expected to be signed at the same hotel.
According to the international news agency, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the deal event in Doha.
In addition to this, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is likely to present a joint declaration with the government of Afghanistan in Kabul.
The deal comes after Washington had announced a “reduction in violence” (RIV) deal, which has largely held.
Earlier on Friday, US President Donald Trump emphasized Afghans to seize the opportunity for peace and “a new future”.
Donald Trump said in a statement, “Nearly 19 years ago, American service members went to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks. In that time, we have made great progress in Afghanistan, but at great cost to our brave service members, to the American taxpayers, and the people of Afghanistan.
“When I ran for office, I promised the American people I would begin to bring our troops home, and seek to end this war. We are making substantial progress on that promise,”