US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted that he has reached Doha to resume talks with the Taliban.
“We are pursuing a peace agreement not a withdrawal agreement, a peace agreement that enables withdrawal. Our presence in Afghanistan is conditions-based, and any withdrawal will be conditions-based” Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.
He added that the Taliban are signaling they would like to conclude an agreement, “We are ready for a good agreement”.
This comes after Khalilzad visited Islamabad on August 1 and 2 and held discussions with Pakistani leadership on developments in the Afghan peace process.
In his meetings with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Chief of Army Staff General Javed Bajwa, Ambassador Khalilzad outlined the positive momentum in the Afghan peace process and next steps. They also discussed the role Pakistan has played in support of the process and additional positive steps Pakistan can take.
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As Ambassador Khalilzad discussed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, consolidating peace will require reliable assurances from Afghanistan and Pakistan that neither side’s territory is used to threaten the other’s. Such assurances on top of an intra-Afghan comprehensive peace agreement will allow for increased regional economic integration, connectivity, and development.