February 21, 2020 / 11:13 AM / 3 months ago

U.S.-Taliban agreement expected to be signed on February 29: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves to delegates after addressing the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

(Reuters) - An agreement between the United States and the Afghan Taliban is expected to be signed on Feb. 29, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday.

The United States and the Taliban have been engaged in talks to facilitate a political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan and reduce the U.S. presence in the region, the statement added.

Reporting by Bhargav Acharya and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Graff

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