U.S. Special Envoy to meet with Taliban and Afghan government

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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will meet with representatives of the Taliban in Qatar and with government representatives in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

According to the statement, Khalilzad flew to the region back to Washington on Sunday. It is not specified when the meetings will take place.
“In Doha, Ambassador Khalilzad will meet with the Taliban to discuss the implementation of the U.S.-Taliban agreement and to call for the steps necessary to start intra-Afghan negotiations, including reducing violence,” it was reported.

In Kabul, Khalilzad will discuss “the steps that the Afghan government needs to take to start intra-Afghan negotiations as soon as possible,” it said.

“During the visit Ambassador Khalilzad will continue to defend the U.S. view that the best way to end the conflict for all parties is to sit together at the negotiating table and agree on an agreement on the political future of Afghanistan,” the State Department said.

In late February, at a ceremony in Qatar, the U.S. and the Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of inter-Afghan dialogue in March after the deal on prisoner exchange.

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