US, Taliban sign peace deal in Doha Mar 01, 2020 0 805 12345 Ashraf SiddiquiDohaThe US and the Taliban signed a historic peace deal on Saturday under the auspices of Qatar, after months of negotiations in Doha to end the US’ longest war fought in Afghanistan since 2001.The agreement, signed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, will pave the way for the US to gradually withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within 14 months.The agreement was signed in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs HE Dr Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Andulrahman al Thani, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Qureshi, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, a number of foreign ministers, representatives of various governments.The four main points of the agreement are — a timeline of 14 months for the withdrawal of all US and NATO troops from Afghanistan; a Taliban guarantee that Afghan soil will not be used as a launchpad that would threaten the security of the US; the launch of intra-Afghan negotiations by March 10; and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.Mullah Abdul Ghani expressed his gratitude to the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani for facilitating the peace process. “The agreement was a positive step in the interest of Afghans and the world. The Taliban are committed to the implementation of the agreement,” he said.“The Afghans will now heave a sigh of relief and begin a prosperous life under the shadow of an Islamic system after the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan,” he added.The US Secretary of State said, “I know there will be a temptation to declare victory, but victory for Afghans will only be achieved when they can live in peace and prosper.”US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar after signing a peace deal in Doha on Saturday. RELATED ARTICLES Huge drop in fuel prices Mar 01, 2020 0 1420 Amir meets US secretary of state, Leader of Taliban Political Office Mar 01, 2020 0 604 Qatar confirms first coronavirus case Mar 01, 2020 0 760 Deal will pave the way for sustainable peace: FM The US-Taliban peace deal will act as a first step towards comprehensive and sustainable peace in Afghanistan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani has said. .. Amir condoles with Turkish president The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Saturday sent a cable to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, offering his condolences to the president and to the brotherly people of Turkey on the deaths of Turkish .. Amir offers all support to Iran in virus fight QNA Doha The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani held a telephone conversation with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr Hassan Rouhani on Saturday. During the phone call, the two leaders discussed bilateral ..