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US allies reassess Afghanistan support for being left of peace talks: Reuters

16 Mar 2019 1TV News

2019-03-16 | 32 minute ago

The United States allies are rethinking their commitments to rebuilding Afghanistan for being left our peace talks with the Taliban, Reuters reported on Friday.

US peace envoy, Zalmy Khalilzad, has held five rounds of talks with the Taliban with the latest lasting for more than two weeks in Qatar.

“If Qatari officials can be at the negotiating table, then how did the U.S. forget to invite its key allies who have fought the Afghan war since 2001?” a senior European diplomat in Kabul told Reuters.

“We continue to pour millions of dollars as an act of solidarity, but when it comes to peace talks, the U.S. decided to go solo.”

Reuters said that it spoke with 10 diplomats from NATO countries that provide military personnel to the NATO training operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan and those that provide development aid. The diplomats said that their governments were broadly rethinking their commitments to rebuilding the country.

A US State Department spokesperson said regular reviewing of foreign assistance was “good practice” and Afghanistan’s development remained in the interest of the international community.

“We see no signs that interest and investment are wavering,” said the spokesperson, adding that U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has briefed NATO allies and other partners three times since December, and effective coordination remained a priority.

NATO’ senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, Nicholas Kay, said NATO allies “fully support” Khalilzad’s efforts to negotiate a settlement.

The US and the Taliban have cited progress on troop withdrawal and counter-terrorism.

President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser on Thursday accused Khalilzad of “delegitimising” the Kabul government by excluding it from deliberations.

"We don't know what's going on. We don't have the kind of transparency that we should have," Hamdullah Mohi told reporters during visit to Washington.

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