Taliban open letter urges US nation to honor withdrawal deal


KABUL: The Taliban insurgents have called on the U.S. government to honor the landmark withdrawal agreement whereby all foreign troops are required to leave Afghanistan by May, regardless if violence continues to rage in the war-ravaged nation.
By releasing an open letter addressed to the American public on Tuesday, the insurgents urged the U.S. to stick to the agreement signed last February, which paved the way for the current Afghan peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
“Now that a year has passed since the signing of the Doha agreement, we urge the American side to remain committed to the full implementation of this accord,” the letter read.
Meanwhile, the group underlined that sticking to the US-Taliban agreement would end current war levels and instability in the country. 
“It is the responsibility and in the interest of all to bring an end to this war, and the implementation of the Doha agreement is the most effective way of ending it.”
The remarks come as the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would not pull its forces “before the time is right” from Afghanistan.