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Pompeo: US-Taliban agreement to be signed

Pompeo: US-Taliban agreement to be signed

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday announced the US and Taliban had reached an agreement to "reduce violence across Afghanistan," set to be signed on February 29.

"The United States and the Taliban have been engaged in extensive talks to facilitate a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan, reduce the United States and Allied Forces presence, and ensure that no terrorist group ever uses Afghan soil to threaten the United States or our allies," Pompeo said in a statement.

"In recent weeks, in consultation with the Government of National Unity, US negotiators in Doha have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant and nationwide reduction in violence across Afghanistan," Pompeo said.

"Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward. We are preparing for the signing to take place on February 29."

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