Afghan officials will be conspicuously absent from Saturday's signing ceremony in Doha, but a government delegation will be there to make "initial contacts" with the insurgents.
Mr. Pompeo's guarded confidence came during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Iran as Washington closely watches for any sign of violence from the Taliban amid a weeklong cease-fire that must be held for the deal to be formalized on Saturday. The US and the Taliban are due to sign an accord this weekend on a US troop withdrawal. Trump in September pulled out of plans for Camp David peace talks with the Taliban after a US soldier was killed in a suicide bombing.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States envoy leading efforts to forge a deal with the Taliban, spent about a year meeting various stakeholders in Doha in a series of talks to end America's war in Afghanistan. Both sides will negotiate the post-war framework of Afghanistan and issues that include a permanent ceasefire, the rights of women and minorities, and governance.
"I thank the hundreds of thousands of American warriors who have proudly served in Afghanistan".
If the deal is signed on 29 February, the U.S. will start withdrawing its troops to wind down Washington's longest war launched after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
"The two leaders expressed the hope that all Afghan stakeholders would seize this historic opportunity to reach an inclusive political settlement for the establishment of durable peace and stability". The US now has less than 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, but military officials would not confirm the exact number.
Almost 19 years ago, American service members went to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks, he noted.
He said that when he first ran for president, he promised voters that he would start bringing troops home and seek an end to the war in Afghanistan.