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Khalilzad in Kabul Looking for Ways to Accelerate Afghan Peace Process

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KABUL: The United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad in his fresh visit to Kabul, met Abdullah Abdullah, head of reconciliation council on Monday. Abdullah’s office said that the meeting discussed end of the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday on the first anniversary of the US-Taliban peace agreement. He is scheduled to travel to some regional countries regarding the Afghan peace efforts.

“Abdullah had meeting today morning with Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad. Review of the US-Taliban peace agreement, speeding up the negotiations and its second round in Doha, reduction of violence in Afghanistan and ways of progress in talks were discussed in the meeting,” said Abdullah’s Spokesman Feraidoon Khozoon.

The US state department had earlier announced Khalilzad’s new round of regional tour, calling meetings with the Afghan and Taliban leaders as well as heads of regional countries as the aim of his visits to encourage the rival parties to approach a political settlement.

The US new government intends to review the peace deal signed by Khalilzad with Taliban leaders in Donald Trump’s government.

The government of Afghanistan and its negotiating team say they would welcome any step towards peace.

“Mr. Khalilzad has begun his new tours relating to the second round of peace talks in Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes any steps to peace,” Najia Anwari, spokeswoman of the state ministry for peace, said.

But Taliban believe that the impact of Khalilzad’s visit would be clear after his meetings with the militant leaders.

Khalilzad who was kept in his position as the US envoy for Afghanistan peace in Joe Biden’s government, is in his first regional tour in Democrat Biden’s government.

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