Washington is expected to sign a peace deal with the Taliban group on 29th of February, provided that the group uphold their commitments regarding a seven-day reduction in violence.

An American official, privy of the development has told The Associated Press that the U.S. and Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce which would likely open the way for a deal for the withdrawal of the American forces.

The official further added that the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” is “very specific” and covers the entire country, including Afghan government forces.

The Taliban had committed to a halt in roadside and suicide bombings as well as rocket attacks, the official said, adding that If the Taliban uphold their commitments, a U.S.-Taliban peace agreement would be signed within 10 days.

Meanwhile, a Taliban official has said the signing had been tentatively set for Feb. 29, with the start of the Afghan talks planned for March 10.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, further added that Germany and Norway have offered to host the talks but there has been no decision on the venue.

That Taliban official also added that the agreement would provide for the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners before the start of the negotiations.

This comes as the Afghan and American officials had earlier said the U.S. President Donald Trump has conditionally approved the peace deal with the Taliban group.

The officials further added that Taliban group will have to prove its commitment over a test period of about seven days later this month in a bid to pave the way for the signing of the deal.


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