Consultations with Afghan politicians in Kabul were a productive step on the eve of an important stage in the peace process, US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said.
According to Afghanistan.ru, a high ranking diplomat has visited Kabul this week and met with the country’s leadership. The consultations took place amidst a pause in negotiations with the Taliban.
Zalmay Khalilzad, who personally participated in the negotiations, emphasized that the movement should demonstrate their desire for peace. Subsequently, the press reported that the United States offered the Taliban a ten-day truce, warning that otherwise the dialogue would be frozen.
Zalmay Khalilzad discussed issues related to a possible ceasefire at meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, as well as ex-President Hamid Karzai.
Despite the fact that an official response from the Taliban authorities has not yet been received, US consultations on the peace process indicate that Washington expects negotiations to continue. In addition to the ceasefire, the Kabul consultations included the discussion of the problem of Taliban sanctuaries outside Afghanistan, as well as a possibility of the reduction in a scale of hostilities, on which the United States work is focused.
– We are approaching an important stage in the Afghan peace process”, a statement published by Zalmay Khalilzad in social media following the trip results reads. – Two-day consultations in Kabul were completed. It was a productive visit.
During his visit to Kabul, the diplomat also met with General Austin Scott Miller, commander of the US and NATO Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and US Ambassador John Bass.