The US military has left five bases in Afghanistan as part of an agreement signed between the radical Taliban movement and the US in February, the number of troops has decreased, US special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said.
Khalilzad noted that 135 days have passed since the signing of the agreement, which, in his words, is a “key stage.” According to the agreement, the US and the coalition were to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to 8,600 during this period. The full withdrawal of troops, according to the document, should take place 14 months from the date of signing.
“The US has worked hard to meet the first-stage commitments made under the agreement, including reducing the size of the armed forces and withdrawing from five bases. NATO has reduced its troops in proportion, “Khalilzad states on Twitter.
In turn, a US official who wished to remain anonymous told the Afghan TV channel Tolo News that the bases were located in the provinces of Helmand, Uruzgan, Paktika, and Laghman.
Khalilzad also pointed out that there is “great progress” on the issue of releasing prisoners.
“The Taliban and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan have succeeded in building logistics for inter-Afghan negotiations. No American has died because of the Taliban’s violent actions. Relations in the region have improved.
But it is necessary to move further in the fight against terrorism,” the special representative stressed.
He added that the scale of violence in Afghanistan is still significant.