Afghan official: Government 'concerned' by some parts of US-Taliban peace pact

Afghan official: Government 'concerned' by some parts of US-Taliban peace pact
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Afghanistan's government is seeking clarification about a preliminary peace framework agreed upon by U.S. and Taliban negotiators.

Reuters reported Wednesday that a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani said that the government is "concerned" about some facets of the deal and wishes to learn more about the agreement.

Afghan officials have warned for months that a peace framework must ensure that the Taliban cannot return to power.

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“The Afghan government is also concerned and we, therefore, would like further clarity on this document to completely analyze its dangers and negative consequences and avoid the dangers,” the spokesman said, according to Reuters.

As the peace talks have taken place, clashes between Taliban forces and Afghan security forces have continued across the country, with a police chief reportedly dying in a roadside bomb attack in the province of Paktia on Wednesday.

The U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, showed a copy of the draft agreement to Ghani on Sunday, following the conclusion of the latest round of talks with the Taliban's political office in Doha, Qatar.

"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 and sustainable peace and a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country," Khalilzad said on Monday.

The U.S. currently has 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan. If the preliminary deal becomes an official agreement, five U.S. bases and about 5,000 troops would leave the country within 135 days.