It is a key agreement for the future of Afghanistan.
The United States said Friday that it agrees with their Russian and Chinese rivals on a key point in the peace talks in Afghanistan: the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy for Afghanistan, met with Chinese and Russian emissaries in Moscow to reach a consensus on the end of this war, the longest in American history.
A joint communiqué, signed by these three major powers, often in disagreement on major international issues, calls for an “inclusive and Afghan-led” peace process. “The three parties are calling for an organized and responsible withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan,” the statement said.
According to this source, the Taliban “are committed” to fighting the Islamic State (IS) organization and severing their links with Al Qaeda. The United States began last summer talks with these Islamist rebels, who refuse to discuss with the Afghan government, called “puppet” under American control.
The Taliban promised to “ensure that the areas under their control would not be used to threaten another country,” says the State Department statement, which calls on Islamist insurgents to prevent “any funding, recruitment or training of terrorists “.
“Terrorism will never emerge from Afghanistan again.”
In a tweet, Zalmay Khalilzad hailed “the beginning of an international consensus on the American approach to the end of the war,” believing that the agreement between the three powers contained “assurances that terrorism will never emerge from Afghanistan again. “There are still things to be done but it’s an important step,” he added.
Russia and China are closely following the situation in Afghanistan: about 14,000 Soviet soldiers were killed between 1,979 and 1,989 in that country during a conflict with United States-backed mujahideen. China has increased its military and economic engagement in Afghanistan, worried that fighters may visit its region Xinjiang (north-west), Muslim majority and hit in the past by bloody attacks.