The Taliban should stay as much as its commitments made within the peace cope with the US and never assault American troopers, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has emphasised throughout a video convention with the rebel chief, Mullah Baradar, on the Afghan reconciliation course of.

An settlement signed between the US and the Taliban in February in Doha drew up plans for withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in trade for safety ensures from the rebel group.

“The Secretary (Pompeo) made clear the expectation for the Taliban to stay as much as their commitments, which embrace not attacking Individuals,” State Division spokesperson Morgan Ortagus mentioned on Tuesday.

The video convention was held on Monday to debate the implementation of the US-Taliban settlement, she mentioned.

As a part of the Doha deal, the US dedicated to withdraw its 12,000 troops inside 14 months. Troops have since been decreased by over 1 / 4, in accordance with a latest report on Afghanistan revealed by the Congressional Analysis Service.

The Taliban dedicated to forestall different teams, together with Al Qaeda, from utilizing Afghan soil to recruit, prepare or fund increase towards actions that threaten the US or its allies.

“The settlement is accompanied by secret annexes, elevating considerations amongst some members of Congress. US officers describe the potential US withdrawal as ‘conditions-based’, however haven’t specified precisely what circumstances would halt, reverse, or in any other case alter the withdrawal timeline specified by the settlement,” the Congressional Analysis Service report mentioned.

The decision comes because the Particular US Consultant for Reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is at the moment touring the area to advance the deal. Khalilzad departed on June 28 for journey to Qatar, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

He won’t be going to the Afghan capital, Kabul, as a result of risks introduced by the coronavirus and as a substitute will video convention with Afghan leaders.

The Taliban has saved up violence towards Afghan authorities forces, delaying talks between the 2 sides on a peace settlement.

The uncommon video convention between America’s prime diplomat and the Taliban chief came about amidst studies that Russia provided Taliban bounties for killing US troopers.

The New York Instances first reported final weekend that Russian intelligence officers provided bounties to the Taliban to kill coalition troopers in Afghanistan.

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