The Taliban’s deputy leader has said that despite mutual distrust, the group will soon sign an agreement with the United States to reduce violence for seven days, while reaffirming that they are “fully committed” to observing the accord.

In an opinion piece in the TheNew York Times, Haqqani wrote, “The long war has exacted a terrible cost from everyone.… Everyone is tired of war”.

Is a truce possible between the US and the Talibans?

The newspaper article comes after US and Taliban officials recently agreed to a seven-day period of reduced violence in Afghanistan. If the temporary truce is successful, the two adversaries could sign the long-awaited peace agreement later this month. Speaking on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said that he saw “a chance” of a peace deal with the Taliban, which would lead to the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and end America’s longest war.

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