Spoilers Becoming Desperate to Disrupt Afghan Peace Talks: Khalilzad
The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that “spoilers” are becoming desperate to disrupt the Afghan peace process by launching targeted attacks.
Khalilzad condemned the attack on First Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s convoy in Kabul on Wednesday, which killed at least 10 civilians and injured 16 others.
“As peace talks near, spoilers are becoming more desperate in their attempt to disrupt this historic opportunity. Today’s attack on Amrullah Saleh’s convoy is the latest example. Luckily, he survived. Tragically, this terrorist attack killed and wounded many bystanders,” he wrote.
He said history has shown that when the opportunity for peace is close, spoilers will spare no effort to try and stop it.
“Afghans are not falling for their trap,” he wrote.
Khalilzad also wrote, “Afghans know that a successful peace process is the only antidote to the country’s protracted conflict. Their widespread yearning for peace will be for the two negotiating teams and their leaders to satisfy.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has said that initial investigations show that the nature of the material used to make the bomb and the attack on Saleh, were similar to others that Haqqani Network has claimed responsibility for in the past.
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