U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising.'
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan ...US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP) MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising.” Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day “reduction in violence” deal, Esper said it was time to give peace a chance in Afghanistan through a political negotiation. He spoke a day after a senior U.S. official said the deal had been concluded and would take effect very soon. Expectations are that agreement will be formally announced on Sunday and that the reduction in violence will begin on Monday, according to people familiar with the plan. “So we have on the table right now a reduction in violence proposal that was negotiated between our ambassador and the Taliban,” Esper told an audience at the Munich Security Confererence. “It looks very promising.” “It’s my view as well that we have to give peace a chance, that the best if not the only way forward in Afghanistan is through a political agreement and that means taking some risk,” he said. “That means enabling our diplomats and that means working together with our partners and allies on the ground to affect such a thing.” Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Friday in Munich with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has been skeptical of the scheme, which, if successful, would see an end to attacks for seven days and then the signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal. All-Afghan peace talks would then begin within 10 days as part of the plan, which envisions the phased withdrawal of U.S. forces over 18 months. Ghani has not yet spoken publicly about the agreement which was finalized last week by U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar. Esper, however, said Ghani was supportive of the deal and had pledged to do his best to support it. “I think he is fully on board,” Esper said of Ghani. “He wants to lead his part of the process, which if we get to that would be a a peace deal that would involve very soon afterward an inter-Afghan negotiation. He wants to be clearly a full partner in that and wants to lead on that and make sure that all Afghans come together.” Ghani has bickered with his partner in the current Unity Government, Abdullah Abdullah, over who will represent Kabul at the negotiating table. Ghani has insisted he lead the talks, while his political opponents and other prominent Afghans have called for more inclusive representation. Separately on Saturday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told the security conference that he also supported the plan but stressed that the alliance’s mission in Afghanistan would continue in the short- and medium-term. “We are not leaving Afghanistan but we are prepared to adjust our force level if the Taliban demonstrates the will and the capability to reduce violence and make real compromises that could pave the way for negotiations among Afghans for sustainable peace,” he said. U.S. officials have not publicly spelled out their timetable for an initial drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but the expectation is that a reduction from the current total of about 12,000 to approximately 8,600 will begin after the signing of a U.S.-Taliban deal. That initial reduction is likely to stretch out over a period of weeks or months. The Taliban official said the withdrawal of foreign troops would start gradually and be carried out over 18 months. AP NEWS Read more: The Associated Press
They said the exact same thing about North Korean denuclearization Just get going Afganistan will sort itself It'll be fun really now that Pakistan is a beggar state China infected Iran damaged Russia overstretched and India Stable & Strong So the Afgan future looks bright after Withdrawal but keep a Hawkeye on any potential mischief makers
More trump great ideas remember that backfire on him. Trump the biggest mistake in American electoral history The 'truce' is 7 days long, ffs. What do they think they are accomplishing? The Taliban are a terrorist organization. They were when we went in. They are even more radicalized now. We shouldn't have been there to begin with, but NOW? Now we will create a haven and stronghold for international terrorism that the world has never seen.
First question should always be “what’s in it for Russia?” in any foreign policy decision Why should we believe anything these guys say? We hope our soldiers can return home on this field of battle and so many more. Cut , run declare victory , leave allies behind to fend for themselves , and watch Taliban violate terms knowing there are no repercussions. The GOP playbook , see Saigon April 1975.
Another Trump surrender.
U.S. Def. Sec. Esper announces ‘progress’ in Taliban peace talksU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the United States and the Taliban had negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence. So we negotiated with terrorists? Seven days huh?😒 I guess we DO negotiate with terrorists.
...according to the press release Where are all the 'never forget' trumptard? This imo just gives the taliban prestige and validation on the criminal world stage just like it gave to lilKimJongUn . I am not a Trump supporter, but some things are more important than sustaining hate for the man. Bring the troops home.
Let Trump take a lead role in negotiations, so he can repeat the success of North Korea. It has been going on so long now I will believe it when I see it It won't go anywhere. The Taliban is less trustworthy that trump... if that's possible. The trump administration is truly amazing. I was scammed by Obama and his bullcrap, we all were.
Though it's great to think that soldiers may be coming home, it's sickening to think of women and girls under the Taliban. All the struggles to get education for females and now girls won't get rights or school under the fucking Taliban. Heartbreaking.
U.S., Taliban close to agreement that could lead to peace deal, Esper saysThe Pentagon chief made the remarks following two days of meetings with NATO allies in Brussels, where leaders are considering the proposal. Just leave, end Obama and Dubyas war. Cave men are going to cave men. Watch with drones, smoke them from above while they sleep. Yeah like Ho Chi Min. You will look good and they can wait you out. And then they win.
From what standpoint are we able to or why would we even want to negotiate with the Taliban? Seriously, that's not our land, so what are we offering? That we won't interfere when we find out about their crimes against humanity? Shady. Get Jared on the case.....he'll solve it in no time 'Never Forget' I don't want to hear these words from any of these people supporting this again.
Oh please... 🤦🏻♂️ What? A deal? With the Taliban? Ha ha. 17 years. Trillions of dollars. 4,500 US troops dead. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans and Iraqis dead. Americans wonder why the Middle East hates them. And now a “deal” with the “terrorists” Bush set out to destroy. Pathetic. How much is trump, ivanka and junior making?
Uh huh. Like when Darth Orange and Rocket Man we’re in love? Like when “all is well” but over 100 soldiers have SEVERE LIFELONG “headaches?” NEVER trust a CONservative. Never ImpeachTheGOP I don't believe one word that comes out of the Trump administration. It looks like they are trying to keep up with the Homeland plotline.
Esper defends shifting defense funds for Trump's border wallU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is defending his decision to divert billions of dollars from the Pentagon budget to help build President Donald Trump's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border He’s a great patriot and respects our sovereignty. Plus, peace through strength works when you’re not in it for profits like the old cabal. Little Mark. Border Security is National Security. We appreciate all the money secured to build the wall. Thank you EsperDoD Thank you realDonaldTrump PromisesMadePromisesKept TRUMP2020Landside
realDonaldTrump will do ANYTHING to get re-elected. He gave Syria to the Russians. Who wants Afganistan Anybody Nobody? Well we fucked it up - so somebody please take it quick, cos I have an election coming up. impotus realDonaldTrump I trust absolutely NOTHING with this regime and I'm very angry as a taxpayer.
Have zero trust in either of these corrupt Cult45 lapdogs! Cult45 If Esper told me the sky was blue- I would walk outside and look up. Let me get this straight. American liars cutting a deal with Taliban liars... what could go wrong? 🥴 So did the China Trade deal and we barely got Phase 1 completed...
Whatever. No one believes jackshit that comes from this administration. Still believing them when they claim they have a 'deal,' are we? Ask women how promising
U.S., allied firms testing alternatives to Chinese 5G technology: EsperU.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday that Washington was workin... Just let him go. Peeping at Americans doesn't break the law. American laws are set by them. 🔥🔥🔥🔥
German president slams Trump's 'America First' foreign policy in front of Pompeo and EsperGermany's president kicked off the annual Munich Security Conference on Friday by taking a swipe at President Trump's 'America first' foreign policy approach. Other countries are mad Trump, the President of the United States of America... Is putting America First. they'd say 'Germany first' real quick too if Germany was actually producing something valuable 😂 Well that’s just too F..ing bad......
Esper defends shifting defense funds for Trump's border wallU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday defended his decision to divert billions of dollars in funding for Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to help pay for President Donald Trump&39;s promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Esper was asked by a reporter about criticism from Thanks President Trump I thought it fell down? Please update, are we going to keep putting up a wall that falls down in a little wind? I guess we need to make sure we don't give money to the pentagon without stipulations