Taliban: We will sign an agreement with the United States by the end of February

A Taliban spokesman based in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen, told German news agency (dpa) today, Monday, that an agreement will be signed between the Taliban and the United States by the end of February.

The representatives of the United States and the Taliban are holding talks aimed at reaching a political solution to the war that has been going on in Afghanistan for more than a year and a half.

Shaheen said through the messaging service on the application “WhatsApp” that “according to the agreement, all foreign forces will leave Afghanistan… and we will not allow anyone to use the land of Afghanistan against another country”.

He added that about 5,000 Taliban prisoners would be released after the signing of the agreement and before negotiations between the Afghan parties began.

The American side’s confirmation of the report is still pending.

On the other hand, Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan, said at the weekly cabinet meeting today, Monday, that the agreement between the Taliban and the United States had been “finalized”.

Meanwhile, the Taliban are expected to announce a “seven-day reduction of violence”, which the United States requests the armed group before signing any agreement.

Shaheen did not comment on when those seven days would begin to reduce violence.