The agreement signed Saturday between the United States and the Taliban aimed at ending the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan has raised hopes for peace but also has raised concerns that Afghan women may lose their rights and freedoms once U.S. troops withdraw. VOA’s Ardita Dunellari reports.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Riyadh on Wednesday at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East. Some issues on the agenda include tensions with Iran, the Trump administration's Mideast peace plan, the ongoing war in Yemen and human rights issues. VOA’s Ardita Dunellari reports the meetings take place at a time when both countries are recalibrating their approach to open regional matters and to their bilateral relations.
The United States and the Taliban have agreed to start a trial period of reduced fighting in an effort to pave the way for a comprehensive peace deal. As both sides plan to demonstrate their commitment to a weeklong reduction in violence that's expected to begin soon, VOA's Artidta Dunellari reports there are many unknowns about the emerging broader peace deal to withdraw American forces, including any provisions to guard against backsliding on human rights, women's education and other issues.