Trump: 'We're Pretty Close' to Afghan Peace Deal
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:54 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration is moving closer to a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying a week-long nationwide œreduction in violence truce with the insurgent group is holding up œso far, so good.

Trump spoke to reporters in India at the conclusion of his two-day trip Tuesday, saying his Afghan peace initiative has received widespread backing and œeverybody is happy about it, including New Delhi.

œWe™re pretty close. We will see what™s going on. We have got two days now under our belt without violence, or I guess a minimum of violence, and we™ll see what happens, Trump said of the temporary truce and upcoming possible peace agreement with the Taliban.

The mutually agreed seven-day reduced fighting deal went into effect last Saturday, with U.S.-backed Afghan forces and insurgents committing to not launching offensive operations. 

The truce is to culminate on Feb. 29 with the signing of a U.S.-Taliban agreement in the Gulf state of Qatar. If inked, the agreement would end America™s longest war, now in its 19th year, and would lead to a phased withdrawal of roughly 13,000 American troops from the country.

Source: VOA news

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