Biden Administration to Keep US Envoy Khalilzad in Place for Now: Report

The Biden administration will keep Zalmay Khalilzad, former President Trump’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Process, in place for the time being, CNN reported.

Quoting three sources familiar with the matter, CNN report says that traditionally an incoming administration replaces politically appointed officials with their own team, particularly on foreign policy matters with such significance.

The report noted that the US State Department did not comment when asked about Khalilzad staying on board.

Khalilzad, an Afghan-American diplomat has served as the top US negotiator for Afghanistan peace with the Taliban since September 2018.

During his mission for the Afghan peace process, one of Khalilzad’s achievements in this mission was the signing of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban on February last year.
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Khalilzad’s presence in the Afghan peace process has been repeatedly criticized by the Afghan government and a number of politicians in the country.

In the latest case, President Ghani has reportedly refused to meet him during his recent visit to Kabul.

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