U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration is moving closer to a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying a week-long nationwide “reduction in violence” truce with the insurgent group is holding up “so far, so good.”
Trump spoke to reporters in India at the conclusion of his two-day trip Tuesday, saying his Afghan peace initiative has received widespread backing and “everybody is happy about it,” including New Delhi.
“We’re pretty close. We will see what’s going on. We have got two days now under our belt without violence, or I guess a minimum of violence, and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said of the temporary truce and upcoming possible peace agreement with the Taliban.
The mutually agreed seven-day reduced fighting deal went into effect last Saturday, with U.S.-backed Afghan forces and insurgents committing to not launching offensive operations.
The truce is to culminate on Feb. 29 with the signing of a U.S.-Taliban agreement in the Gulf state of Qatar. If inked, the agreement would end America’s longest war, now in its 19th year, and would lead to a phased withdrawal of roughly 13,000 American troops from the country.
Source: VOA news