“In a very short period of time, we will reduce the number of troops to eight thousand, and then reduce it to four thousand. We are currently negotiating,” Trump said in an interview.
He did not specify when the reduction of the military contingent will take place. “Very soon,” Trump promised, declining to give a specific time frame.
When asked by a journalist what the number of troops in Afghanistan will be during the November US elections, Trump replied that it will be “probably from 4 to 5 thousand.”
In late February, at a ceremony in Qatar, the United States and the radical Afghan Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of an inter-Afghan dialogue after the completion of the prisoner exchange deal.
Earlier, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the US plans to fully withdraw troops from Afghanistan by May 2021.