Khalilzad Calls on Afghan Gov’t, Taliban to Introduce Authorized Representatives
Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul and Iraq, was appointed in September to the U.S. State Department team that is leading the reconciliation effort and peace talks with the Taliban.
“The U.S. wants to have a role in peace talks but the main focus is it should be an Afghan-led peace negotiation. The U.S. State Department, Pentagon, and the White House are involved in this mission,” Khalilzad said.
The U.S. State Department had earlier said Khalilzad would coordinate and lead U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
It said he would lead an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from October 4-14.
The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation met with Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani today in Kabul and was set to hold talks with senior ministers