The U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad welcomed the statement by Afghan Taliban in which the group denounced the ISIS terrorist group and vowed to stop any attempts by the terror group to recruit, fundraise or train inside Afghanistan.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will attend the signing of U.S.-Taliban agreement, which could be one step forward to ultimate U.S. troops withdrawal and lasting peace in Afghanistan.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that a possible U.S.-Taliban peace deal will include a timetable for conditions-based U.S. troop withdrawals and the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that his country and the Afghan Taliban have reached an understanding that could lead to a significant and nationwide reduction in violence across Afghanistan.
Five militants including a Taliban shadow governor for Azra district of the eastern Logar province were killed as fighting aircraft targeted the armed group's hideout Sunday evening, provincial police spokesman Shahpor Ahmadzai said Monday.
The Afghan Taliban on Thursday claimed “some progress” in peace negotiations with the United States, as both sides concluded another round of talks in Qatar, but failed to reach any agreement over the withdrawal of the foreign forces.
Any peace agreement with the Afghan Taliban would depend on the declaration of a permanent ceasefire and a commitment to end the country’s long war, the U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on Sunday.
A Pakistani minister on March 27 branded the U.S. ambassador to Kabul a "little pygmy" in a Twitter dispute that erupted over the peace talks between Washington and the Afghan Taliban to end nearly 18 years of war in Afghanistan.
The United States is trying to prevent simmering tensions between India and Pakistan from impacting a third country, Afghanistan, where a fragile peace push is underway to try to end more than 17 years of war with Taliban insurgents.