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Khalilzad, US development agency chief leave for Qatar, Pakistan, Uzbekistan

29 Jun 2020 1TV News

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) CEO Adam Boehler departed on Sunday for travel to Qatar, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.

At all three locations, Ambassador Khalilzad will urge support for all Afghans to meet their remaining commitments ahead of intra-Afghan negotiations, specifically reduced violence and timely prisoner releases, the US Department of State said in a statement.

"Afghan peace, economic growth, and regional connectivity are closely linked and mutually supportive," the statement said. "The delegation will explore investment opportunities and partnerships in a range of sectors to advance the economic recovery of Afghanistan and support sustained peace and stability in the region."

Due to the challenges of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, Khalilzad, CEO Boehler, and their delegation will also conduct meetings with Afghan officials throughout the trip remotely via video, according to the statement.

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