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U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement Reaches First Anniversary

It has been one year since a landmark peace deal was inked between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, the venue, but violence still remains high.

The Killid Group
28 Feb 2021
U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement Reaches First Anniversary
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, leader of the Taliban delegation, signs an agreement with U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha, Qatar, on February 29, 2020. Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

Following more than eighteen months—and nine rounds—of peace talks, the U.S.-Taliban “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan” was signed by U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban’s Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on February 29, 2020, in Doha, Qatar.

Under the deal, the U.S. troops were downsized to 2,500 and more than 5,000 Taliban prisoners were released from the Afghan government custody. In return, the group released more than a thousand prisoners of the government.

The Taliban also pledged under the deal to reduce violence and cut ties with terrorist groups.

Dawa Khan Meena Pal, presidential deputy spokesperson, spoke with TKG, saying the group has not fulfilled its promises made in the deal.

The Taliban has yet to cut ties with terrorist groups, according to him, and increased violence.

The Taliban group, however, said in a statement on the occasion of first anniversary of U.S.-Taliban peace deal that it has delivered on its promises while blaming the other side of the agreement for breaching the agreement.

It also said the Doha deal was the only way to ensure security and stability in Afghanistan. Any replacement will fail.

The group has claimed in the statement that it has significantly reduced violence.

The first anniversary of the peace deal signed between the United States and the Taliban comes as the U.S. new administration under President Joe Biden announced it was reviewing the agreement.

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