US Not Prejudging Result of Intra-Afghan Talks: Amb. Phee

The US Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Molly Phee, at the US Institute of Peace, said: “We will not prejudge the outcome of intra-Afghan negotiations.”

“But we are prepared to support whatever consensus the Afghans are able to reach about their future political and governing arrangements,” Phee said.

“We believe we have established the conditions that can transform the trajectory of the conflict… It is high time for the parties to begin moving off the battlefield into a political process,” she said.

“Importantly, a US-Taliban agreement will open the door to negotiations among the Afghan government, the Taliban, and other key Afghan leaders,” she added.

She mentioned that if “this test period is implemented successfully; it should lead to the signing of a US-Taliban agreement.”

19 / February 2020
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