Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad will pay his visit to four countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from Nov 8 to 20.
He will meet with Afghan government officials and other interested parties to “advance the goal of an intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that include the Taliban and lead to a sustainable peace”, the US State Department said in a press release. It added that “a sustainable peace requires that all Afghans have a say in their country’s future.”.
“On his last trip to the region in October, Special Representative Khalilzad called on the Afghan government and the Taliban to organise authoritative negotiating teams, and has been encouraged to see that both parties are taking steps in that direction,” the State Department said in a statement. “The United States remains committed to a political settlement that results in an end to the war and to the terrorist threat posed to the United States and the world. A peaceful Afghanistan can play a catalytic role in regional trade and development,” it is added.
For the past several years, efforts are being made by Washington to persuade the Taliban to come to the negotiating table and formulate a peace process to end old conflict in Afghanistan.
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23 August, 2019