Top US, NATO officials to visit Kabul Saturday

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: As the United States gets close to signing a peace deal with the Taliban that has been negotiated for almost 18 months between the two sides, the US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are visiting Kabul on Saturday, a presidential spokesman confirmed.
Esper and Stoltenberg will announce a joint declaration with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, according to presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
The US-Taliban deal is expected to be signed in Doha on Saturday, Feb. 29. A joint declaration will be announced in Kabul simultaneously.
These events will follow a weeklong reduction in violence period that started on Feb. 22 and will end on Friday night. According to government numbers, as well as information collected by local media, security incidents – mostly initiated by the Taliban – have been significantly reduced over the last week.
According to the government sources, another round of a reduction in violence will follow– if the two sides succeed in signing the peace deal.

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