• publish: 24 August 2019
  • time: 6:35 pm
  • category: Excerpted
  • No: 9943
Al Jazeera

US-Taliban agreement includes interim government

The United States and the Taliban have agreed on formation of an interim government in Afghanistan, Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera said on Saturday.

The interim government will have participation of the Taliban who will take ministries, it said citing unidentified sources.

The news comes as the sides are holding ninth rounds of talks in Qatari capital Doha.

The broadcaster said that the atmosphere of talks was positive and that the sides would conclude their agreement in this round of talks.

The agreement is expected to include the withdrawal of more than 13,000 US troops from Afghanistan with a clear timetable along with a ceasefire between the group and the Americans or at least a reduciton in violence, the report said.

It said that the transitional period will be 14 months.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman said that the government hopes the agremeent will be shared before it is signed.

“The Afghan government expects that it [agreement] will be shared before it is finalized and signed,” Sediq Sediqi told Arab News.

Suahil Shaheen, a spokesman for Taliban, rejected report of agreement on interim government.

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