Pentagon calls Taliban commitment to peace deal

Pentagon calls Taliban commitment to peace deal

Joe Biden’s administration believes the path to resolving the conflict with the Taliban is difficult to imagine if the group does not fulfill its obligations under the agreement concluded last year, the Pentagon said.

The Afghan Human Rights Commission said more than 2,900 people were killed in the conflict in the country last year, despite increased diplomatic efforts, including peace talks in Qatar.

“Unless they live up to their commitments to renounce terrorism and end violent attacks on the Afghan military … it is very difficult to see a concrete path forward for an agreed settlement, but we remain committed to that goal,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

The February 2020 deal with the Taliban calls for a complete withdrawal of American troops by May 2021 in exchange for security guarantees from the Taliban.

US officials and diplomats say the Taliban, especially its Haqqani unit, continue to maintain close ties with al-Qaida.

“So far, the Taliban, to put it mildly, are in no hurry to fulfill their obligations,” Kirby added.

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