U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement at the end of the month, after an official week-long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan begins at midnight Friday (February 21).
A spokesman for the Taliban said both sides would also make arrangements for the release of prisoners.
In a statement, Pompeo also said that the United States and the Taliban have held talks to arrange a political settlement in Afghanistan -- with an aim to reduce the American presence in the region.
He said, the agreement will be signed upon the successful implementation of an understanding with the Taliban on a significant and nationwide reduction in violence.
It could represent a chance for peace in the country after years of war and nearly two decades of American troop presence.
Officials have said that an agreement would be followed by talks on a settlement between the Taliban and Afghan officials.
The Taliban have previously refused to speak directly to the government in Kabul.