Peace Deal Process Will be Afghan-Led: Pompeo

In response to a question raised by Senator Lindsey Graham on whether the Afghan government will be a meaningful participant in any peace deal, Pompeo said “More than that, they will be at the center. It will be Afghan-led.”

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed that the Afghan government will have a ‘central role’ in a peace deal that would be concluded with the Taliban group.

In his testimony before the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Pompeo said that he will make sure that America’s counterterrorism interests are protected as well.

This comes as efforts to find a political solution to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has so far participated in five meetings with the Taliban political leaders in Doha Qatar to find a negotiated settlement to ongoing war in Afghanistan

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