US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday (local time) had a telephonic conversation with Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation to discuss ways of accelerating and supporting the peace process.
The US Department of State in a statement said that Secretary Blinken spoke to Dr. Abdullah to discuss the United States’ review of its strategy in Afghanistan.
“The Secretary thanked Dr. Abdullah for his vital work in support of the Afghanistan peace process, and he expressed America’s resolve to support a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan,” the statement said.
In the meantime, Blinken wrote in a tweet: “Pleasure speaking today with the Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation @DrabdullahCE about the Afghanistan peace process. The US supports progress toward a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.”
“Today in a telephone conversation with HE @SecBlinken, the US Secretary of State, we exchanged views on the #AfghanPeaceProcess, the 2nd round of the peace talks, the US review of the situation in AFG, and ways of accelerating and supporting the peace process,” Abdullah Abdullah tweeted.
The intra-Afghan talks began in the Qatari capital of Doha on September 12. The talks were stalled by a series of disagreements and a surge in violence, including bombings in the country.