Mike Pompeo will sign peace deal with the Taliban TOMORROW says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s dispatching Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the signing of an agreement with the Afghan Taliban aimed at beginning a draw down of thousands of U.S. troops and ending America’s 18-year involvement in the war.

Trump said Pompeo would soon, at the president’s direction, witness the signing of an agreement with the Taliban, an event that will see America’s top diplomat stand with leaders of militants, who harbored al-Qaeda before the 9/11 attacks and are responsible for the deaths of thousands of American servicemen and women. 

He said Defense Secretary Mark Esper also will issue a joint declaration with the government of Afghanistan.

Trump did not say where the deal would be signed, but it’s been previously reported that it would occur Saturday in Doha, Qatar.

The signing comes after a week in which both U.S.-led forces and the Taliban committed to a reduction in violence. Under the plan being signed, the U.S. is to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to 8,600 from about 13,000.

Much of the plan remains vague, except to say that American troops will withdraw and that the Taliban promise not to let extremists use the country as a staging ground for attacking the U.S. or its allies. 

Trump did not say where the deal would be signed, but it’s been previously reported that it would occur Saturday in Doha, Qatar.

Time for peace: Mike Pompeo will stand beside the leaders of the militant group whose fights are responsible for thousands of American deaths and who harbored Osama bin Laden before 9/11

Time for peace: Mike Pompeo will stand beside the leaders of the militant group whose fights are responsible for thousands of American deaths and who harbored Osama bin Laden before 9/11

Face to face with militants: Mike Pompeo will sign the peace deal with the Taliban in the Qatari capital DohaFace to face with militants: Mike Pompeo will sign the peace deal with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha. Osama bin Laden was under their protection when he plotted 9/11

Face to face with militants: Mike Pompeo will sign the peace deal with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha. Osama bin Laden was under their protection when he plotted 9/11

Within 10 to 15 days after the signing, the Taliban and representatives from all sectors of Afghan society, including the government, are to sit down to try to negotiate the framework of a post-war Afghanistan. Issues on the table include a more permanent cease-fire and the rights of women and minorities.

‘If the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan live up to these commitments, we will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home,’ Trump said in a statement. 



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