The US government and the Taliban in Qatar have signed an Afghan peace agreement. But the agreement did not end the conflict in Afghanistan.
The United States first promised the Taliban a long-term ceasefire and prevented Afghanistan from becoming a base for terrorists such as al-Qaeda. It also promised the Taliban that it would sit at the negotiating table with the central government.
But the Taliban, whose biggest weapon is terror, terror and violence, refused to comply with US demands.
The Taliban say the group’s peace deal with the United States is the basis for Afghan peace talks in Qatar, and the ceasefire will be discussed as part of peace talks inside Afghanistan.
In the first step, about 13,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan were reduced to 8,600 in a 135-day schedule, but the violence increased day by day.
The February 29 peace treaty called on all US and NATO forces to leave Afghanistan by May 2021. Instead, the fighters are required to fight terrorism on Afghan soil and hold peace talks with Kabul to negotiate a comprehensive ceasefire as well as a political power-sharing deal.
But US President Donald Trump’s allies have reduced their military presence in the war-torn country to 4,500 under the agreement.
Teams representing the Afghan government and the Taliban have been negotiating since September 12 after a number of US troops withdrew from Afghanistan. They have not made progress due to long disputes over procedural issues.
Trump has repeatedly promised to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and return them home since the US presidential election.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller also wrote in his message: “Many are tired of war, and one of them is me; However this is the decisive stage in which we change our efforts from the role of leadership to the role of support, the end of wars requires concessions and partnerships, we faced problems and did everything we could. We did, while it is time to return to the country.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Haiku Moss said Berlin was concerned about a reduction in US troops in Afghanistan that would impede peace in the region.
He says it is necessary to ensure that the US government’s decision does not create additional problems in the peace process
The former US National Security Adviser also called the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan a strategic mistake and described it as “extremely dangerous”.
According to John Bolton, this action of the US government is not equal to any strategic logic and conditions based on it, and the Americans’ withdrawal from Afghanistan is an ill-considered action.
Mr. Bolton made the remarks after the US Department of Defense officially announced yesterday that it had decided to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan.
Pentagon chief Christopher Miller says the United States will continue to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan and that by January 15, 2021, the number of US troops in the country will be 2,500.
Russia and Iran, meanwhile, warn of the hasty withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, as they believe Washington’s move would mean handing over the current Afghan government to the Taliban.