‘Afghan peace process’ Zalmay, officials discuss intra-Afghan dialogue
KABUL: United States (US) special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghanistan officials discussed urgency of making progress on intra-Afghan dialogue.
Zalmay met Afghan officials ahead of his next round of talks with Taliban aiming at ending more than 17 years of war.
Afghan-born US adviser tweeted that he had already met some government representatives with responsibility for Afghan peace process.
Khalilzad’s last round of talks with Taliban in Doha was originally slated to last two days in February, but dragged on for 16 days, eventually ending March 12 with Khalilzad saying, “Real strides” had been made.
On table were proposals to get foreign armed forces to leave Afghanistan and Taliban to guarantee country cannot be used as a springboard for terror groups to launch any future attacks.
Earlier, State Department said that Khalilzad’s trip was “part of an overall effort to facilitate peace process that brings all Afghan parties together in inclusive intra-Afghan negotiations”.
Taliban have long refused to speak with Kabul, deeming administration of President Ashraf Ghani, who was seeking re-election this year puppets of West.
Khalilzad’s trip had already seen him stop in London and Brussels as he sought global support for peace deal.
Last week, he met with representatives from China, Russia and European Union in Washington.