Afghan Agreement

The four-part agreement between the United States and the Taliban has forced the United States to withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan, which it is doing. In exchange, the Taliban assured that Afghanistan would no longer be used as a base for attacks against the United States and its allies. It also agreed to cooperate with the Afghan government. The statement on the group`s propaganda page was addressed to Biden and future U.S. governments that the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan would be in the interest of «our peoples and nations.» The group also expressed its commitment to the agreement. Despite such problems, a peace agreement preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism would allow the United States to withdraw its troops and reduce its security and development assistance, which exceeded $800 billion between 2001 and 2019. An agreement is particularly desirable, as the United States focuses on competition with China and Russia and the United States is addressing the budgetary pressure exerted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The United States has reached an agreement with the Taliban, but considerable challenges remain, such as political power-sharing, the role of Islam and women`s rights in achieving intra-Afghan peace. Intra-Afghan negotiations did not begin as planned on 10 March 2020. But that day, Ghani signed a decree ordering the Afghan government to begin releasing 1,500 Taliban prisoners on March 14, if they agreed to sign pledges guaranteeing that they would not return to combat[115] If they did not sign the pledges, the decree would not enter into force. [115] On the same day, the United States began withdrawing some troops. [116] Despite the fact that the terms of the peace agreement were unanimously supported by the UN Security Council,[117] sources close to the Taliban, including Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, later announced that the group had rejected Ghani`s prisoner exchange decree and had always insisted on the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners.

[118] [119] [120] On 14 March 2020, Javid Fayçal, a spokesman for the National Security Council, announced that President Ghani had delayed the release of Taliban prisoners, stressing the need to review the list of prisoners, thus jeopardizing the peace agreement between the United States.

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