Khalilzad Heading to Afghanistan, Qatar to Push Peace

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is heading to Afghanistan and Qatar to push the Afghan government and Taliban to make progress on ending the conflict, the US State Department announced Monday.

Zalmay Khalilzad departed on Sunday and will discuss with Taliban representatives in Doha a pact the US brokered with the hardline group to reduce violence “and press for steps necessary to commence intra-Afghan negotiations, including a significant reduction of violence.”

When he arrives in Kabul, Khalilzad will speak with senior government officials about steps they can “take to make intra-Afghan negotiations begin as soon as possible,” the department added.

“The United States remains committed to supporting the desire of the Afghan people and the international community for a political settlement that ends the 40-year conflict and ensures Afghanistan never again serves as a platform for international terrorism,” the department added.

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