In a statement, the Taliban said they had agreed “on ending the occupation of Afghanistan.” Initially, Afghan President Ghani announced that he would not release Taliban prisoners, but by March 15, 2020, a few days after the start of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, he announced the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners. He also insisted that any freed Taliban detainee was required to sign an agreement in which he pledged not to return to the fighting. The Taliban have not yet accepted this compromise and, as a result, the necessary talks on the next stage of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government have not yet begun. The agreement also depends on tougher negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government over the country`s future. Officials hope the talks will lead to a power-sharing agreement and a lasting ceasefire, but both ideas have been an abomination for the Taliban in the past. In Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg signed a joint statement with the Afghan government – represented by President Ashraf Ghani – that engages Afghans in these impending negotiations with the Taliban and provides security guarantees to Afghanistan during the process. But at the signing ceremony, Pompeo warned the Taliban to animate their celebrations. Both sides were close to signing a peace deal in September, when Trump abruptly canceled talks after a Taliban attack killed a U.S. soldier. The agreement sets a timetable for the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the impoverished Central Asian country once unknown to many Americans and now a symbol of endless conflicts, foreign entanglements and an incubator of terrorist plots. “We owe gratitude to the sons and daughters of America who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan and to the thousands of people who have served over the past 19 years,” said General Mark A.
Milley, president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a statement celebrating the agreement that is on the spot of a seven-day agreement on “reducing violence” in Afghanistan. Finally, the agreement stipulates that the United States will begin diplomatic talks with the United Nations to remove Taliban members from the “sanctions list.” As the agreement paves the way for the United States to gradually withdraw from its longest war, many expect the talks between the various Afghan parties to be much more complicated. Two peace agreements have been signed to date: an agreement between the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani and the militant group Hezb-i Islami Gulbuddin on 22 September 2016 and a conditional agreement between the United States and the Taliban, February 29, 2020 calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops within 14 months if the Taliban comply with the terms of the agreement.   Since September 2020, talks have been under way in Doha between representatives of the Afghan state and the Taliban. Intra-Afghan negotiations did not begin as planned on 10 March 2020. But that day, Ghani signed a decree ordering the Afghan government to begin releasing 1,500 Taliban prisoners on March 14, if they agreed to sign pledges guaranteeing that they would not return to combat If they did not sign the pledges, the decree would not enter into force.  On the same day, the United States