The U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad has said the United States remains committed to defend the Afghan forces even after it signed a peace deal with Taliban.

He made the remarks in reaction to a news report in which two Taliban commanders had claimed that the U.S. may cut support to the Afghan government after signing a deal with the group.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Khalilzad said in a Twitter post “No one should be intimidated or fooled by propoganda! Let me be clear: We will defend Afghan forces now and after any agreement w/ the Talibs. All sides agree Afghanistan’s future will be determined in intra-Afghan negotiations.”

Ambassador Khalilzad further added “A Reuters report quoting two unnamed Talib commanders alleges we will cease support of the Afghan forces as part of any agreement. Not true!”

This comes as the U.S. and Taliban representatives are engaged in talks to finalize the draft peace deal.

The Political Office of Taliban has said they will do their best to finalize the draft agreement during the 9th round of peace talks in Doha.


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