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World

AFP
February 23, 2020

I would put my name on Taliban peace deal: US President Donald Trump

World

AFP
Sun, Feb 23, 2020
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 23, 2020, leaving on a 2-day trip to India. Photo: AFP 

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday said that if a peace deal is agreed between the Afghan Taliban and US then he would sign it.

"Yes," he told reporters at the White House as he prepared to depart on a trip to India. "I would put my name on it."

His comments came after a partial truce took effect in Afghanistan on Saturday, with the Taliban, US, and Afghan forces agreeing to a week-long "reduction in violence."

The truce was intended to set conditions for Washington and the insurgents to sign a deal in Doha on February 29 that could ultimately lead to a withdrawal of US forces after more than 18 years.

Trump was not specific about what document he would be willing to sign but said decisions were contingent on progress during the initial truce.

He said the cooling off period has "been holding up. It's a day and a half. We'll see what happens."

"I want to see how this period of a week works out," he said.

"If it works out over the next less-than-a-week, I would put my name on it. Time to come home. And they want to stop," he said.

"I think the Taliban want to make a deal too. They're tired of fighting."