WASHINGTON: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State has expressed pleasure over the announcement of Agreement between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban’s. In an official statement, Secretary of State said that, This Agreement is a major milestone in the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations that have been underway since September 12, 2020.
On behalf of United States, Secretary of State stated that we welcome the Agreement announced today by the negotiating teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
Pompeo also added that, the Agreement codifies the rules and procedures the two sides have been negotiating since the start of talks. The teams made a number of important decisions that will guide their negotiations on a political roadmap and a comprehensive ceasefire, he hoped.
While congratulating both sides on reaching an agreement and finding common grounds, Secretary of state commented that this achievement demonstrates that the Afghan Islamic Republic and Taliban are serious, able to overcome differences, and ready to deal with difficult issues. Pompeo also added that, “What has been achieved provides hope they will succeed in reaching a political settlement to this more than forty-year-old conflict”.
The United States thanks Qatar for its role as host and facilitator of the talks, Pompeo said.
Additionally, Secretary of State also added that, rapid progress on a political roadmap and a ceasefire is what the people of Afghanistan want more than anything else.
While reaffirming support for the peace process, Secretary of State added that the United States, along with most of the international community, will continue to support the peace process in pursuit of this goal. As negotiations on a political roadmap and permanent ceasefire begin, we will also work hard with all sides in pursuit of a serious reduction of violence and ceasefire, he concluded.