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NATO reiterates support to Afghan peace talks

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KABUL: The US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived in Brussels to brief the NATO allies over the ongoing painstaking peace talks with the Taliban to find a political settlement in the Afghan conflict.

Top stakeholders on Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, NATO senior civilian representative to Afghanistan Nicholas Kay, US and NATO forces commander, General Scot Miller and Kay Bailey Hutchison, the United States Ambassador to NATO came together in Brussels to discuss the Afghan ongoing peace process with the Taliban group.

“The US and NATO allies remain committed in our military and diplomatic efforts to help bring the war in Afghanistan to an end, ensure that we are never again threatened by terrorists operating from Afghanistan’s soil, and to create the conditions for Afghans to come together to negotiate a lasting peace,” Kay Bailey said in a tweet message.

NATO representative, Nicholas Kay in a video message in said the allies have repeated their support to the Afghan peace process in the meeting that was held in NATO’ headquarter.

“I attended the North Atlantic Council together with General Scot Miller Commander of Result Support Mission and US Special Representative, Ambassador Khalilzad,” he added.

Kay said the allies have announced their support to the Result Support Mission in Afghanistan.

The US and NATO is making all out efforts to end the war through a political settlement. But some Afghan political experts accuse the government of monopolizing peace negotiations, alleging that the act had hampered the national process.

The analysts said that presidential office emphasizes on peace, but from other hand, offers conditions that means monopoly in the peace efforts because government leaders do not want to consult politicians and even restricts their efforts.

But President Ghani’s office says that government leads peace efforts representing people of Afghanistan, while political leaders lack enough legitimacy and cannot hold talks with the opposition without government.

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