KABUL: The Taliban inform that they have shared a 90-day reduction in violence (RIV) plan with the U.S., but a consensus hasn’t been achieved so far.
According to Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem, the reduction in violence will not result in a truce but will mean reducing overall Taliban activity in Afghanistan.
In a letter to President Ashraf Ghani, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned this plan and stated that it would prevent the Taliban from announcing their so-called spring offensive.
According to Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem, the plan was suggested by the Taliban in December, and no agreement has yet been reached.
“We proposed a draft in December, which involved all operations being reduced, but so far, a final agreement has not been reached,” Naeem said on Monday.
This comes as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin paid an unannounced visit to Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, meeting with President Ashraf Ghani and expressing concern about the country’s high level of violence.