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US envoy: Washington to conditionally pull troops from five Afghan bases

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The US military will pull its troops from five bases in Afghanistan if the Taliban honor their end of a proposed deal, the US envoy leading negotiations between the two foes said on Monday.

“We have agreed that if the conditions proceed according to the agreement, we will leave within 135 days five bases in which we are present now,” Zalmay Khalilzad told Tolo News, according to an excerpt of an interview the TV station published on Twitter.

Khalilzad was speaking in Dari.

Tolo said the full interview would be broadcast later Monday.

Earlier on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman said that Khalilzad met with the Afghan president in the capital, Kabul, to brief him on the latest round of talks with the Taliban, as a deal nears on ending America’s longest war.

The spokesman confirmed the meeting took place on Sunday night at the presidential palace, shortly after Zalmay Khalilzad, arrived from Qatar.