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US ‘Promised’ to Continue Funding Afghan Reconstruction Post Withdrawal: Taliban

KABUL – Taliban claimed this week that the United States has agreed to continue helping foot the bill for Afghanistan reconstruction after the eventual American military withdrawal expected as part of a potential peace agreement to end more than 17-year-old war.
As per a Voice of America (VoA) report, the chief Taliban negotiator in the peace talks with the US, Mullah Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, said on Wednesday, “We have told them that after ending your military intervention, we will welcome US engineers, doctors, and others if they want to come back for reconstruction of Afghanistan. And they have promised to do so.”
The news outlet acknowledged that neither the Afghan government nor US officials have responded to the assertions made by the Taliban chief negotiator.
US officials have agreed to keep providing American taxpayer funds for Afghanistan reconstruction as part of a peace framework agreement that came after nearly a week of marathon discussions between the US and Taliban, which concluded on Saturday in Qatar.
Stanikzai reportedly revealed that Taliban would welcome ongoing US reconstruction aid.
American taxpayers have already invested an estimated $1 trillion in the overall war since the conflict began in October 2001, including over $132 billion for reconstruction and related activities in the country.
Most (over $83 billion) of the reconstruction funds have been devoted to training and equipping the Afghan security forces who are still struggling against the Taliban, the latest report to Congress by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency, shows.
Stanikzai confirmed that the United States and the Taliban have agreed on a framework for a peace accord.
Under the framework, the United States and the Taliban have agreed to establish two “technical teams” to determine a detailed plan on how to implement the agreements, he said.
The agreements mainly revolve around the withdrawal of foreign troops in exchange for guarantees from the Taliban that other terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) will not use Afghanistan to plan or execute attacks against the United States.
The US is also asking the Taliban to observe a ceasefire and open dialogue with the Afghan government in exchange for a pull out of foreign military forces, the US chief negotiator reportedly conceded.
(Sahar News)

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