February 29, 2020 / 2:53 PM / a month ago

Saudi Arabia welcomes peace agreement between U.S. and Taliban

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference after a signing ceremony between members of Afghanistan's Taliban delegation and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia welcomed a peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban on Saturday, in a foreign ministry statement which said it hoped the deal would lead to a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire and nationwide peace in Afghanistan.

The United States signed a deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and represent a step towards ending the 18-year-war in the nation.

Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Alexander Smith

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