U.S. President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is being sent for the signing of deal with the Taliban aimed at reducing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, the two sides announced a weeklong "reduction in violence" that took effect from the start of February 22.
If the truce holds, it will be followed by the signing of the peace accord that would end the United States' longest war.
'You know we have a certain period of nonviolence. It's been holding up, it's a day and a half so we'll see what happens,' Trump said on February 23, adding that 'after 19 years' of war, it was time for U.S. forces 'to come home.'
There are more than 12,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters
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