(AFP) – the united states and the Taliban are "close" to attaining an settlement for a deal that would see the Pentagon decrease its troop numbers in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the insurgents stated Wednesday.

the 2 foes had been meeting in Doha in latest days to position the very last touches on a historic deal that could see the Taliban make diverse protection guarantees in go back for a pointy reduction within the 13,000 or so American troops primarily based in Afghanistan.

"Negotiations will maintain today.

. We're near an agreement. We are hoping to carry good information for our Muslim and freedom looking for state soon," Taliban spokesmen Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted, attributing the declaration to an earlier message that Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen had sent in Pashto.

the us embassy in Kabul did now not at once comment.

the obvious very last section of talks brings into view the quit of an excruciating few months for Afghans who have watched on nervously and largely unvoiced as america cuts a cope with the Taliban at the same time as sidelining the Kabul government.

After 18 years of battle, the us wants to end its navy involvement in Afghanistan and has been speaking to the insurgents when you consider that at the least 2018.

maximum of the work became led through US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has spent current months shuttling between international capitals in a bid to construct aid for a cope with the Islamist hardliners recognised for his or her intense interpretations of Sharia regulation.

On Tuesday in Doha, Shaheen instructed newshounds a deal will be anticipated "as quickly because the remaining points are finalised", as negotiators wrangled over character words and phrases in a draft.

The agreement is expected to centre on the united states taking flight troops in change for the Taliban guaranteeing Afghanistan will no longer be used as a jihadist secure haven, talks with the Afghan authorities and an eventual ceasefire.

within the Afghan capital on Wednesday, Amnesty global known as on the us and the Taliban to also take into account human rights in any deal.

"Any peace agreement should now not ignore (Afghans ) voices, the voices of the victims, they should now not forget about their calls for justice and accountability for warfare crimes, crimes against humanity and different severe human rights violations", Omar Waraich, Amnesty s deputy South Asia director, informed reporters.

whilst the Taliban are infamous for numerous human rights abuses, violations have also been perpetrated via seasoned-authorities forces.