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Khalilzad travels to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency

WASHINTON-US Special Representative for Afghanistan

Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will lead an interagency delegation to Belgium,

Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan and Pakistan from February 10-28, the US

Department of State said in a statement Sunday.

The trip is part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace

process that protects Washington’s national security interests and brings all

Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue through which they can

determine a path for their country’s future, the statement said.

He will meet with US allies and partners to discuss mutual

efforts to advance that goal and will consult with the Afghan government

throughout the trip, the statement added.

Khalilzad has made several trips to regional countries in

quest for Afghan peace after being appointed US special envoy for Afghan peace

in September last year.

He has held talks with the Taliban with the latest round in

Qatar in January. The next round of talks is expected to be held in the same

venue on February 25.

Khalilzad has said that the sides agreed to a framework of a

peace deal that would require the Taliban to prevent use of Afghanistan by

terrorists and US to withdraw its troops from the country.

On Sunday, Khalilzad said that he consulted with colleagues

across the US government on the progress “we‘re making in facilitating the

Afghan peace process.”

“We’re working hand in hand on peace and security,” he said.

(Rasad News Agency)

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