US envoy Khalilzad visits Qatar and Afghanistan to resume peace talks

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Qatar and Afghanistan on Tuesday to resume peace talks with the Taliban and the Afghan government, the State Department said, as the United States seeks a solution that would enable it to withdraw its troops.

“In Doha, Ambassador Khalilzad will continue talks with the Taliban as part of a comprehensive effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan,” the ministry said in a statement.

“In Kabul, he will consult with the leadership of the Afghan government on the peace process and encourage full readiness for Afghan-Afghan negotiations,” she said.

Khalilzad briefed President Donald Trump on Friday on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the chances of a political settlement between the warring sides.

Trump said on Sunday that Washington was in “very good discussions” with both the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Trump, who has repeatedly questioned the worth of billions spent in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has made no secret of his desire to withdraw from Afghanistan after 19 years of war sparked by the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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