US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will depend on the Taliban’s compliance with its commitments with Washington, and not on the outcome of the peace negotiations with the Afghan government that begin this Saturday in Doha become. .
Speaking to the press on the plane taking him to Qatar to take part in talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Pompeo said: “There are a number of commitments that the Taliban have made. We all expect them they will meet “.
“Our commitment to reduce our armed forces to zero presupposes that they meet their obligations under the agreement,” he stressed in Doha on February 29, according to the Bloomberg agency.
The head of US diplomacy did not want to clarify whether Washington would wait for a peace agreement before withdrawing troops. The United States agreed with the Taliban to withdraw the 13,000 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan in exchange for the group breaking ties with terrorist groups, preventing the use of Afghan territory as a refuge and launching attacks.