Mark Esper: Agreement with Taliban movement on the brink of collapse

​​​​​​​There was a possibility that the agreement with the Taliban could collapse due to the political stalemate in Kabul and the increase in violence elsewhere, stressing that the Afghan government was not part of the US and Taliban agreement, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Taliban had not fulfilled the commitments they made under their agreement with the United States earlier this year, amid fears that the fragile deal could collapse due to the political deadlock in Kabul and the increase in violence elsewhere.

After lengthy talks behind closed doors, the Taliban and Washington signed an agreement in February to reduce violence and move toward talks with the Afghan government, but the group's attacks have since increased.

"I don't think it is," Esper told reporters when asked if the Taliban were meeting their obligations.

He added that he believed the Afghan government was not fulfilling its obligations. "The Afghan government was not part of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban."

Esper said that the Afghan government and the Taliban "need to unite and make progress within the conditions set."

Progress in the transition to negotiations between the armed group and the Afghan government has been delayed, due to the political dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, who they claimed were the legitimate leaders of Afghanistan after the disputed elections in September, where both sides claim to be close to reconciliation. However, to date, no official progress has been made to resolve the crisis.

According to data seen by Reuters, the Taliban have launched more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan within 45 days since the signing of an agreement with the United States, which paves the way for the withdrawal of American forces, while the United States continues to withdraw its forces in Afghanistan, which is expected to reach about 8,600 soldiers. the summer.

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ANHA


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