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Top Taliban urges U.S. to implement Afghan peace deal

Christian Fernsby |
The leader of the Taliban Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada said Wednesday that implementation of his group’s “historic” agreement with the United States was key to ending the war in Afghanistan and paving the way for U.S. troops to exit the country.

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"The Islamic Emirate [the Taliban] is committed to the agreement signed with America and urges the other side to honor its own commitments and to not allow this critical opportunity to go to waste,” said Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

The reclusive Taliban chief made the remarks in a message released in connection with the coming annual festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

“Let us move forward with the implementation phase so that a path is paved for the withdrawal of your forces and for peace and security to take hold in Afghanistan and the region,” Akhundzada said.

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