AFP: US announces partial Taliban truce, Trump says peace deal 'close'14 February 2020 | 03:09 | FOCUS News Agency
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the partial truce proposal following a NATO meeting in Brussels -- a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reported "notable progress" in negotiations with the Islamist extremists.
In a radio interview later Thursday, Trump said the United States and the Taliban were nearing a peace agreement -- although it was not clear if he was talking about the limited pause in hostilities agreed with the guerrillas or something broader.
"I think we're very close. I think there's a good chance that we'll have a deal and we'll see," Trump said, more than 18 years after the US invaded to overthrow the then Taliban government in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
"That doesn't mean we'll have one but we'll know over the next two weeks," Trump added.
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