After 18 years of war, the United States and the Taliban are likely to strike a peace deal. The Trump administration says it is willing to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and what is on record as America’s longest war. According to Jack Keane, a retired military general there is the possibility of having the withdrawal of the 14,000 U.S. troops ahead of the 2020 presidential election
But there are two main parts of the deal
For nearly one year, the two adversaries have worked hard to bring to book what seems like the light at the end of the tunnel. They have a scheduled meeting in Qatar for another round of peace negotiations. According to Suhail Shaheen, the spokesperson for the Taliban negotiating team, they almost have addressed various issues of great importance, which will help in striking the peace deal.
However, the teams will have two parts in the deal. The first part requires the Taliban to renegotiate with the Afghan government. This is one of the many things that the brutal Islamist group has previously refused to do in the name that leaders in Kabul are just U.S. puppets.
In the second part, the group which previously ruled the country will agree to renounce all its ties to al-Qaeda and also end its hostilities against the Afghan government. Nonetheless, the two parties are yet to reach an exclusive agreement even as Zalamay Khalilzad continue to declare certainty of having a positive end.
The U.S. chief negotiator says, “In Doha if the Taliban do their part, we will do ours and conclude the agreement we have been working on.”
International guarantors are part of the U.S.-Taliban agreement.
There is a lot of assurance that the two would successfully wind up the dialogue process. This is despite noted skepticism from some of the president’s top allies such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Meanwhile, various neighboring countries, which include China, Russia, the United Nations, and Iran will witness the inking of the peace deal. On the other hand, Pakistan is taking center stage and is actively involved in arranging the dialogue. The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to help in persuading Taliban leaders to go for a negotiated settlement to the war.