The United States will sign an agreement with the Taliban as part of its efforts to achieve lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan, President Donald Trump announced on Friday.
"At my instruction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will shortly witness the signing of an agreement with Taliban officials while Defense Secretary Mark Esper will make a joint statement with the Afghan government," Trump said in a statement.
"If the Taliban and the Afghan government meet these commitments, we will find a strong way forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home," he added.
The commitments were an important step towards lasting peace in a new Afghanistan that is free from al-Qaida, ISIS and any other terrorist group "that wants to harm us," Trump said, adding that it is ultimately up to the government would lie in Afghanistan to work out their future.
"We therefore urge the Afghan people to take this opportunity for peace and a new future for their country," said the President.
Almost 19 years ago, American members went to Afghanistan to exterminate the terrorists who were responsible for the September 11 attacks.
"During this time we have made great progress in Afghanistan, but at great cost to our brave service members, American taxpayers and the people of Afghanistan. When I applied for office, I promised the American people that I would start." Bring our troops home and try to end this war. We are making significant progress on this promise, "said Trump.
He thanked the hundreds of thousands of American warriors who had proudly served in Afghanistan.
"We have killed or captured many ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists. We honor your service and the sacrifices you and your families have made to the American people. These agreements are the result of the strenuous efforts of those in need Afghanistan has been fought so hard by the United States of America, "said the president.