Mike Pompeo: The US Intends To Withdraw Its Troops From Afghanistan By May 2021
The United States intends to finally withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in may next year as part of an earlier peace agreement with the radical Taliban movement, according to Mike Pompeo, speaking to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of Congress.
"We agreed [with the Taliban]. We will reach zero [for US troops stationed in Afghanistan], we will withdraw our forces from there. I think it will be may next year," the chief of American diplomacy said, answering a question from senators about the withdrawal of American military personnel from the Central Asian Republic.
"At the moment, we have reduced the size of our forces by about half compared to the recent peak [of their strength]. We are on the way to further reduce [our troops in this country], " the Secretary of state said.
The Foreign Minister recalled that the US "has started the process of peaceful settlement and reconciliation" in Afghanistan. He expressed hope for a full-fledged inter-Afghan dialogue.
On February 29, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in Doha. According to the agreements, the United States, its allies, and the coalition intend to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan within 14 months. The Taliban, in turn, guarantee that they will not use the territory of Afghanistan for actions that pose a threat to the security of the United States and its allies. Up to 5,000 supporters of the movement and up to 1,000 people held by the Taliban should be released as confidence-building measures before the start of inter-Afghan talks on a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.