KABUL: Afghanistan emphasizes that the peace deal signed between the United States and Taliban needs a look.
Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar in a meeting with the US charge d’ affaires in Kabul Ross Wilson called for increase in Kabul-Washington consultations to pressure Taliban remain adherent to their commitments.
Under the peace deal signed last February, the US will pull its troops out of Afghanistan by May this year while the insurgents are expected to reduce violence, cut ties with international terror organizations and not let the terrorist groups to use Afghanistan as a springboard to threaten the United States’ interests.
“Wilson assured of US support to the foreign minister and hoped for success of the peace process,” said Gran Hewad, spokesman for the foreign ministry.
The Spokesperson of the US State Department Ned Price said that Washington was reviewing the Taliban commitment of cutting ties with al-Qaeda, reduction of violence and the group’s engagement into peace negotiations.
The Afghan negotiating team and the Taliban are yet to reach any progress in the second round of the intra-Afghan negotiations.
Omer Samad, a member of the Atlantic Council in the US, said that the Taliban stopped negotiations after the US announced to review its deal.
Mohammad Naeem, Taliban’s political spokesman, said that intra-Afghan negotiations were not stopped. He said that break in the negotiations was “natural.”
The US congressmen suggest that the withdrawal should be conditional-based.
The Taliban called the report incomplete. As the Afghan delegation and the Taliban are yet to make progress, the violence has been intensified across the country.