Defense Secretary Esper discusses potential 7-day deal with Taliban

Afghanistan US and Taliban negotiate week-long 'reduction in violence'

Afghanistan US and Taliban negotiate week-long 'reduction in violence'

"The United States and the Taliban have negotiated a proposal for a seven day reduction in violence".

President Donald Trump would still have to formally approve the agreement and finalization of details is expected at this week's Munich Security Conference, where Esper and Pompeo will meet with Afghan President Ashaf Ghani.

"We've said all along that the best, if not only, solution in Afghanistan is a political agreement", Esper told reporters in Brussels.

Following nine rounds of US-Taliban talks in Qatar, the two sides seemed close to an agreement.

Esper said on February 13 a drawdown of troops and further negotiations with the militants would be "conditions-based" and begin after a decline in violence.

Khalid also said that on Thursday NATO at the defense ministers meeting, all allies reiterated their commitment for supporting Afghan forces until 2024.

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told reporters on his plane en route to Munich on Thursday that there's been "a pretty important breakthrough" in the talks with the Taliban, and "the president gave us the authority to continue to have the conversations".

Esper, during a press conference in Brussels, said that if the process goes forward there would be continuous evaluation of any violence.

That would pave the way for negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government on a peace accord to end the U.S.'s longest war.

Sources say the partial truce could lead to the signing of a US-Taliban peace deal that would see the US pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan, in return for which the Taliban would provide various security guarantees and launch eventual talks with the Kabul government. "One thing I can tell you clearly is that the Afghan army, government and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are working together- whether to go towards peace or to bring pressure on the enemy -and we also will assure our people that defending the past two decades of achievements is the responsibility of our army", Khaild said.

The Taliban managed to impose a brief ceasefire during the Eid holiday several years back, but it's unclear whether the Taliban senior leadership can control its members enough to reduce violence within the agreed period. But the militants continued to refuse to hold official talks with the Afghan government, whom they dismissed as American "puppets".

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