US Defence Secretary blames the Taliban and Afghan government for not living up to the commitments

The US-Taliban Peace deal is under threat pertaining to augmenting violence of the Taliban in Afghanistan along with the political deadlock in the nation.

On May 5, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed on February 29, 2020 in Doha, Qatar.

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper added that the Afghan government and the Taliban “both need to come together and make progress on the terms that (are) laid out”.

Esper said that even the Afghan government was also not living up to its commitment. The political feud between President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah, who both claimed to be Afghanistan’s rightful leader following September’s disputed election has provided the Taliban the necessary distraction to carry out violence.

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