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Taliban orders fighters to halt attacks ahead of U.S. agreement

Christian Fernsby |
The negotiators from the United States and the Taliban are meeting in Doha, Qatar to sign an accord that envisages the timetable of the U.S. withdrawing some of its 13,000 troops.

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Topics: TALIBAN    U.S.   

The Taliban, in turn, is expected to sever ties with all extremist groups and prevent the territories of Afghanistan from becoming havens for militants.

The Taliban has commanded its fighters to refrain from any attacks on the eve of the signing of an accord with the United States, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, as saying.

"The biggest thing is that we hope the U.S. remains committed to its promises during the negotiations," Mujahid said.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in turn, said that Islamabad is expecting a 'responsible withdrawal' of U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan.

"Hopefully it will set the tone for peace and stability in Afghanistan," he added.

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