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Taliban say near agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan


Courtesy Alejandro Licea/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS


The Taliban said on Wednesday they were close to an agreement with U.S. officials on a deal that would see U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban promise the country would not become a haven for international militants.


Negotiations over how to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan have been held in Qatar’s capital, Doha, since late last year. The ninth round of talks began last week.


“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.


U.S. officials engaged in talks with the Taliban in Doha were not immediately available for comment.



28th August 2019

Reuters

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