The former head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan and former head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), David Petraeus, said the deal signed between the Islamic Emirate and US "has to rank among the worst diplomatic agreements” that the US has been party to.
“Moreover, the ultimate peace deal that we reached with the Taliban in 2020 that committed the US to withdrawal the following year, which we negotiated without the elected Afghan government at the table, has to rank among the worst diplomatic agreements to which the US has ever been a party,” Petraeus wrote in an article for the Atlantic Magazine. “We acquiesced to Taliban demands because the resulting agreement gave us, in the narrowest sense possible, what we wanted.”
Deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, Bilal Karimi, rejected Petraeus’s remarks and called the Doha agreement effective.
“The Islamic Emirate believes in negotiations and engagement. We believe that there should be negotiations with all the countries over the concerns they have,” he said.
Petraeus said that the lack of sufficient commitment over the years had innumerable knock-on effects.
“The Doha agreement was a temporary step for the problems that the US should overcome,” said Asadullah Nadim, a political analyst.
This comes as Kabul and Washington accuse each other of violating the Doha agreement after a US drone strike hit a residence in Kabul. US President Joe Biden announced that Ayman al Zawahiri, leader of the al-Qaeda network, was killed in the strike.
The Islamic Emirate once again assured the international community that there would be no threat to the US from Afghan soil.
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