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Taliban leaders agrees to a temporary ceasefire

The Associated Press on Sunday evening quoted anonymous sources within the Taliban saying that the ruling council of the group – in Pakistan – has agreed to a temporary ceasefire nationwide. 

The ceasefire, according to the report, will open a way for a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban. The agreement has been finalized as a draft after 10 rounds of talks between the two sides. 

The AP reported that the Taliban chief must approve the agreement “but that is expected.”

Taliban members talking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press said members of their negotiating team met for a week with the ruling council before they agreed on the brief ceasefire. The negotiating team returned on Sunday to Qatar where the group maintains its political office, according to the report. 

Intra-Afghan negotiations are expected to be held within two weeks of the signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal, AP reported.