The Taliban on Wednesday said it was close to a “final agreement” with US officials on a deal that would see US forces withdrawing from Afghanistan.
“We hope to have good news soon for our Muslim, independence-seeking nation,” said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha.
Negotiations over how to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan have taken place in Qatar’s capital, Doha, where the ninth round of talks began last week, according to Reuters.
Washington is reportedly negotiating the withdrawal in exchange for a pledge from the Taliban that Afghanistan will not become a haven for other Islamist militant groups.
This is a welcome development that may change the present situation on the ground in the Middle East and put an end to the many years of war in Afghanistan. President Trump had promised to withdraw US troops from the Middle East and insist that other countries should do more to fight terrorism.
The just concluded G7 meeting was suppose to shine more light on terrorism, but President Emmanuel Macron of France used it as an avenue to throw punches at his Brazilian counterpart over the inferno buring in the Amazon.