Stick to withdrawal plan per Doha deal: Taliban to Biden


KABUL: The Taliban insurgent group has once again called on the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to honor the Doha deal the Trump administration reached with the Taliban by withdrawing all American troops from Afghanistan by May 2021.

The group said sticking to the stipulated withdrawal plan would help ensure intra-Afghan peace talks’ success, as well as end the decades-long war in the country.

“Steps must now be taken to end the war, not to prolong it, and the agreement was made for the purpose,” Dr. Mohammad Naeem, a senior spokesman in the Taliban’s political office in Doha, said on Monday.

“The lack of complete implementation of the agreement can affect the ongoing process of negotiations,” he warned.

The remarks come when the U.S. administration has recently reduced its troop levels from 4,500 to 2,500 despite criticism from both Republican and Democratic politicians who have cautioned of the possible effect on counter-terrorism efforts.

This comes as the newly-elected American president is slated to be sworn in on January 20. Analysts predict his administration would reverse some of the policies pursued by Trump, especially in terms of Afghanistan.