US envoy, Afghan president discuss Taliban peace talks

US envoy, Afghan president discuss Taliban peace talks
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U.S. and Afghan officials are nearing a "threshold" on a peace deal, according to an official on Monday who said a draft of the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement was shared by a U.S. envoy with Afghan leaders.

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Presidential adviser Waheed Omer tweeted Monday that U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad showed a copy of the draft agreement to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday.

Khalilzad on Sunday said officials had finished up the latest round of peace talks, leaving the door open for an agreement between leaders. 

"We are at the threshold of an agreement that will reduce violence and open the door for Afghans to sit together to negotiate an honorable & sustainable peace and a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country," Khalilzad tweeted.

The announcement follows continued violence in the nation, according to an Associated Press report.

In Kunduz on Monday, a suicide bomber targeted a police checkpoint and killed two officers and wounded seven more, the outlet reported, citing a police spokesman. 

Last week President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE said he will reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 8,600, but he said U.S. troops will maintain a presence after a deal with the Taliban is reached. 

The official count of U.S. troops in Afghanistan now is 14,000. 

A broad outline of the deal would involve U.S. troops withdrawing in exchange for Taliban assurance that Afghanistan will not be used as a launch point for terrorist attacks against the U.S. 

The Taliban has been refusing to engage in talks with the Afghan government, which has been a U.S. demand in the peace negotiations.