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Germany to cooperate with US over Afghan peace: Envoy

13 Jun 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: German Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus

Potzel pledged to cooperate with U.S. special representative for the Afghan

peace, Zalmay Khalilzad in his efforts to end the Afghan war.

Potzel said Wednesday in Kabul that Khalilzad had asked him for

assistance in the peace process.

“Zalmay Khalilzad told us that six rounds of talks with the

Taliban were ended without major progress,” Potzel said. “Now we make efforts and

cooperate with the U.S. in the peace process to end the war.” He called the

peace process a great opportunity that should not be missed.

Potzel highlighted the importance of women’s role in the

peace process, saying their rights, freedom of expression and other achievements

gained the past 18 years should not be ignored during the peace process.

On the other hand, Idress Zaman, deputy foreign minister,

acknowledged the role of Germany as invisible in the peace process. “Our ally the

Federal Republic of Germany intends to play a role in the peace process. We are

hopeful that the seventh round of talks with the Taliban would make major progress

and lead to intra-Afghan dialogues.”

Potzel had earlier met Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Abdul

Ghani Baradar in Doha, Qatar, discussing issues related to the Afghan war and

the peace process. According to reports, Germany wants to intermediate between

Afghan government and the Taliban.

Khalilzad has so far held six rounds of talks with the

Taliban in Qater, but they could not reach a major progress over ending the war

in the country.

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