Ahead of his visit to India next week, US President Donald Trump has reiterated that he sees a chance of a peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Talking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews yesterday, the President said that American authorities have been negotiating with the Taliban for a while and that there is a chance of making a deal. President Trump earlier too had suggested to reduce violence in the war-torn country and end America’s 19-year long war.
Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute Marvin Weinbaum has said, the US appears well on its way to signing an agreement with the Taliban later this month. Mr Weinbaum said that the agreement is expected to call for a seven-day period of reduced Taliban violence to test the group’s sincerity and ability to control its forces in the field. He added that the US may agree to reduce its forces initially by at least 5,000 troops and after a period of time make a full withdrawal.