US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, announced that in his multi-nation trip on Afghan peace, he will “integrate regional and international support for peace and try to bring the first two parts of our peace framework to closure”.
“We are moving forward. I am optimistic. Success will require other parties to show flexibility. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” Khalilzad said.
US Special Envoy on Reconciliation stressed that the Taliban leader’s Eid statement provides some welcome support for the Afghan peace process and a desire to participate in a dialogue with other Afghans and in a final political settlement that will require power sharing.
Mr. Khalilzad also said that the Taliban leader’s Eid statement suggested that the US does not seek violence. “We do not. The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptable and we have no desire to perpetuate it” He Added.
“Let us find ways to work together to reduce or to immediately end the violence, as we continue negotiations to end the war. The killing of the Afghans must stop,” Khalilzad said.
Meanwhile, in an Eid message, Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada called on the US to “honestly” engage in the ongoing peace talks and accept what the statement called as “the Islamic emirate’s reasonable plan” to move the process forward.