Khalilzad and Kabulov Agree on All-Inclusive Intra-Afghan Talks

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday met Russian envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov to discuss the contours of the Afghan peace talks.

Khalilzad said that the two sides agreed that an all-inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue is imperative for advancing peace efforts, “To move forward, Afghans should name a unified, inclusive and national negotiating team that includes the Afghan government and other Afghans,” he said.

Khalilzad and Kabulov also discussed travel bans, adding that they will explore options for securing UN travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in peace talks.

Khalilzad added that they agreed that “any final agreement must guarantee that Afghan soil is never used by international terrorists against any country”.

This comes after the Afghan government having formed a team, but Khalilzad says new figures show be included to make it inclusive and national.

Khalilzad and Kabulov’s recent agreement comes just after the US has been in talks with the Taliban for four times regarding the Afghan peace and the fifth round is scheduled for February 25 in Qatar.

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