U.S. trying to pull out of Doha peace deal: Hekmatyar


KABUL: Supreme Leader of Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) claims the U.S. is preparing to withdraw from the peace treaty with Taliban insurgents signed last year – in which Washington had committed to extricating all of its troops from Afghanistan by May and ending its most prolonged war.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says that the United States is trying to withdraw from the peace agreement his predecessor Donald Trump signed with the insurgent group in late February 2020 in Qatar.

Addressing an event in Kabul marking the 32nd anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet forces, Hekmatyar said there was no fair, reasonable, and moral reason for the U.S. withdrawal from the peace agreement.

He said that the peace agreement was not only an agreement signed with the Taliban by an individual but was signed by the U.S. government, adding that Biden’s personal and political differences should not affect Trump’s peace agreement with the Taliban.

Meanwhile, the former jihadi leader said that Washington had no choice but to get out of Afghanistan under the agreement. He claimed that by pursuing the Afghan war and breaking the peace deal, Biden would achieve little.

The remarks came when the U.S. officials have recently remarked that the Taliban did not fulfill what they had promised in the deal, including breaking links with foreign militant groups, minimizing conflict in Afghanistan, and pursuing substantive talks with the current Afghan government.

In response, the Taliban warned and threatened to restart attacks on foreign forces if they did not leave the country on the scheduled and agreed upon date.