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PublishDate: Sunday, July 11, 2021 09:49

Khalilzad back in Doha to push for political settlement

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad says that he has returned to Doha and the region “to continue our determined diplomacy in pursuit of a peace agreement between the Islamic Republic and the Taliban.”

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_In a series of tweets, stated that a negotiated settlement is the only solution to end the long-term war in Afghanistan.

    1/3 I return to Doha and the region to continue our determined diplomacy in pursuit of a peace agreement between the Islamic Republic and the Taliban. As the President made clear in his recent remarks, a negotiated settlement is the only solution. https://t.co/rkGQcyNzye pic.twitter.com/xt3WdMhhvQ

    — U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad (@US4AfghanPeace) July 10, 2021

Khalilzad added that America’s military engagement in Afghanistan is coming to an end. Our commitment to Afghanistan is not.

“We will work vigorously with all Afghan parties and regional and international stakeholders to try and help the sides find a path to ending this war, one that ensures Afghanistan’s security, unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and ends the agony of the Afghan people,” he said.

The US State Department said in a statement that as part of the United States’ ongoing support of the peace process, Khalilzad will work with all parties and with regional and international stakeholders to further advance a consensus on a political settlement.

“The sooner the sides can agree to a negotiated settlement, the sooner Afghanistan and the region can reap the benefits of peace, including expanded regional connectivity, trade, and development,” the statement added.

“In , Ambassador Khalilzad will participate in an international conference hosted by the Government of Uzbekistan on regional connectivity,” the statement concluded.

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