The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad has dismissed the claims by Taliban leaders regarding the agreed timetable for the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
“In recent days, I’ve heard some individual Taliban officials claim we have a troop withdrawal timetable for Afghanistan. Today, they correctly retracted that claim. To be clear: no troop withdrawal timetable exists,” Ambassador Khalilzad said in a statement on Twitter.
Colonel David Butler, a spokesman for the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan has also rejected the Taliban claims, saying “Our mission hasn’t changed. We have no orders to withdraw.”
This comes as reports emerged earlier today that the deputy chief of the political office of Taliban in Qatar Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi has said that the half of the U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan until the end of April.
Mawlavai Hanafi has also claimed that the assurance regarding the pullout of half of U.S. troops has been given by the U.S. side and that technical groups would be formed to work regarding a schedule for the pullout of the remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan.