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The Prospects of Afghan Peace Process under the Biden Administration

The Afghan peace process is now on-hold as the negotiating parties await the outcome of the new US ad- ministration’s review of its Afghanistan policy. Top officials of the Biden administration have announced that they would review the February 2020 agreement signed between the US and Taliban in Doha a year ago.

Qatar, Feb 29 (ANI): United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban group’s top political leader signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S., in Doha on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Top officials of the Biden administration have announced that they would review the February 2020 agreement signed between   the US and Taliban in Doha a year ago.

Last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Congress during his confirmation hearing that the new administration would “have to look carefully at what has been negotiated to fully understand what commitments were made by the Taliban and to see where they get with their negotiations with the government of Afghanistan.” He also made it clear that Washington desired to “end this so-called forever war” and “bring forces home.” Furthermore, he added that the US might want to “retain some capacity to deal with any resurgence of terrorism.”

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reiterated the same mes- sage during a call to his Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib. He was cited as saying he “made clear the United States’ intention to re- view” the (Doha) deal and check whether the Taliban are “living up to their commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, reduce violence in Afghanistan, and   engage in meaningful negotiations   with the Afghan government and other stakeholders.” In response, a Taliban spokesperson declared they would “honor the agreement” and expect “the other side to remain committed to their agreement too.”

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