Doha, 29 February 2020 – Staff Reporter:
The stage is set in Qatar’s capital for a landmark peace deal between the U.S. and the Taliban that could end the U.S.’ longest war.
The Sheraton Hotel in Doha is teeming with foreign diplomats and dignitaries invited to witness the historic signing by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban co-founder and deputy chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Saturday.
The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. local time (1100GMT).
After years of long hectic negotiations, the United States and Afghan Taliban signed a peace deal to put an end to the 18-year-old long bloodshed in the country.
Taliban’s deputy leader and chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar signed the peace accord on behalf of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, while US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad signed on behalf of Washington.
The United States signed a landmark deal with the Taliban, laying out a timetable for a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan within 14 months as it seeks an exit from its longest-ever war.
The signing ceremony was attended by Afghan Taliban, Afghan government officials and leaders from US, Qatar and Pakistan. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was also present at the signing of US-Taliban peace deal in Doha on behalf of Pakistan.