Esper stressed that the withdrawal was “conditioned,” that the terms of the deal appeared to relate much more to the insurgents` promises to stop attacking the Americans when they leave and to sever ties with other terrorist groups than a long-term solution for the Afghans. “The agreement reflects a common determination of the parties to reach a negotiated solution. This is an important development that contributes to a fruitful outcome of the Innerafghaese negotiations that we all hope for,” he said. Belquis Ahmadi, an Afghan-born human rights expert who has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, expressed concern about the plight of women in a future peace settlement with the Taliban. .