U.S., Taliban announce first steps toward peace process in Afghanistan

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 21st, 2020 9:44 am

The U.S. State Department confirmed on Friday morning that the U.S. and Taliban have "reached an understanding" and will be taking steps toward peace, including a seven-day "reduction of violence" to be followed per a signed agreement.

Both parties are expected to sign the agreement on February 29, according to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday. The agreement will lead to intra-Afghanistan peace talks that will hopefully "deliver a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire and the future political roadmap for Afghanistan," Pompeo said.

? The Afghanistan war is the longest war in U.S. history.


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