The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said he was willing to personally sign a peace agreement with the Taliban, while the truce began on Saturday between the government of Afghanistan and Islamic extremist groups.
Before starting a visit to India, Trump said “I want to see how this one-week truce period works … If it works in the next week, I would put my name on it. It’s time to go home.” The treaty, which will be signed this February 29 in Doha, would allow the progressive withdrawal of the 12,000 US soldiers remaining in Afghanistan.
The suspension of hostilities has been mostly respected this Sunday, despite some minor clashes in the provinces of Kandahar, Badajshan and Kunduz. “Overall, we are seeing a reduction in violence,” said Afghan Interior Minister Massud Andarabi.RELATED
After the death of two soldiers on Saturday in Balj province, Taliban spokesman Zabihulá Mujahid recalled that “every shot of the Mujahideen should not be considered a violation” of the pact because “it is not a ceasefire.”
According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, 3,404 civilians were killed and 6,989 were injured in the country during 2019.