US, Taliban agree to reduce operations in Afghanistan
KABUL: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has said the United States and Taliban have agreed to reduce operations in Afghanistan.
In a tweet, Zalmay Khalilzad said the recent rise in attacks was threatening the peace process and it had alarmed the Afghan people and their regional and international supporters.
He said the agreement had also been reached to strictly adhere to the commitments made under the US-Taliban peace deal in March this year.
Zalmay Khalilzad said, “We will monitor the implementation actively and all parties must deliver on their responsibilities.”
On Sept 11 the following year, historic peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban seeking to end 19 years of war had opened in Doha, Qatar.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani had opened the negotiations at a ceremony in Doha, flanked by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Washington’s Afghanistan special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.