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Khalilzad may not meet President Ghani in presence of Mohib

AT News Report

KABUL: Political pundits say that after US officialscut all ties with Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, likely may not even meet President Ashraf Ghani at presence of Mohib during his tour to Afghanistan.

This comes as a senior US diplomat has told President Ashraf Ghani that US officials will no longer deal with his national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib, Reuters news agency reports, quoting four knowledgeable US and Afghan sources.

The report published on March 18 said the diplomat told President Ghani that the United States was ending contacts with Mr. Mohib.

According to Reuters, the State Department declined to comment, and a representative of the Afghan Embassy in Washington could not be reached for comment.

Mohib in a Washington news conference on March 14 accused the US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad of “delegitimizing” the Kabul government by excluding it from peace negotiations with the Taliban and acting like a “viceroy”. He also said that the US has created an information vacuum regarding the peace talks with the Taliban. 

This comes as recently New York Times in its latest report said that the motto of the American mission in Afghanistan, that it stands “shoulder to shoulder” with its Afghan ally, no longer applies to that ally’s national security advisor.

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