Taliban leader says peace deal with U.S. to be signed this month

A senior Taliban leader reportedly said Monday that the Islamist group had reached a peace deal with the U.S. and that “both sides have agreed to sign the agreement by the end of this month.”

The Washington Post reported that the Taliban official, Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi, said in a video shared with journalists that “both sides have initiated the final draft of the peace agreement. Now talks are concluded.”

The report marked the first Taliban statement since the U.S. announced on Friday that it had completed negotiations with the Taliban on establishing peace in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that the Trump administration had not yet finalized a date for the beginning of a seven-day “reduction in violence” intended to precede the signing of the deal.

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