After nearly a week of talks between the U.S. and representatives of the Taliban, both parties are closer than ever to ending the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan.
Both sides are close to an agreement over a framework peace deal that includes a pledge from the Taliban to ensure the country cannot be used by terrorist organizations like the Islamic State to set up operations. Also, the agreement calls for withdrawing all foreign troops, a ceasefire, and Taliban negotiations with the proper Afghan government.
U.S. special representative on Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who led the marathon discussions, said that no agreement on a ceasefire or troop withdrawal had yet been reached. However, in an interview with The New York Times Monday, he said that an agreement in principle had been reached to the peace deal framework which includes a promise by the Taliban to keep al Qaeda and ISIS out of Afghanistan.
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