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Trump holds phone conversation with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

04th Mar, 2020. 01:00 am
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Trump holds phone conversation with Chief Taliban negotiator

The Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid Tweeted that President of the United States Donald Trump held a phone conversation with Chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

The conversation occurred a few days after the US and Taliban signed a troop withdrawal agreement in Doha.

United States of America and the Afghan Taliban signed the peace deal in Qatar – the capital city of Doha after a long spell of negotiations, here on Saturday 29 February.

Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad inked the deal in an opulent hall in a five-star hotel in Dohar, Qatar.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quraishi attended the ceremony on special invitation. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo witnessed the signing.

A peace deal between warring parties comes after Washington had announced a “reduction in violence” (RIV) deal, which has largely held.

Taliban to resume attacks against government forces

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump emphasized Afghans to seize the opportunity for peace and “a new future”.

Donald Trump said in a statement, “Nearly 19 years ago, American service members went to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks. In that time, we have made great progress in Afghanistan, but at great cost to our brave service members, to the American taxpayers, and the people of Afghanistan.

“When I ran for office, I promised the American people I would begin to bring our troops home, and seek to end this war. We are making substantial progress on that promise.”

The press release issued after the signing ceremony guarantees the timely evacuation of US and allied forces from Afghanistan. the agreement also guarantees that Afghan soil will not be used against United States and its allies.

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