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U.S. officials confirm Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib was summoned to State Department

17 Mar 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The U.S. officials have confirmed that the National Security

Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib was summoned to State Department over

his remarks regarding U.S. reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.

“Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale summoned

Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib March 14 to reject the public

comments attributed to National Security Advisor Mohib criticizing the U.S.

approach to reconciliation,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert

Palladino said.

He also added that “Under Secretary Hale underscored the

longstanding U.S. assistance and support to Afghanistan, and expressed our

commitment to the Afghan government’s stability and full participation in the

peace process.”

“He also reminded National Security Advisor Mohib that

Special Representative Khalilzad represents the Secretary, and that attacks on

Ambassador Khalilzad are attacks on the Department and only serve to hinder the

bilateral relationship and the peace process,” Palladino added.

According to reports, NSA Mohib on Thursday told reporters

in Washington that the ongoing talks in Qatar are not transparent, claiming

that the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador

Zalmay Khalilzad has created an information vacuum between the government and

ongoing talks.

Pointing towards Ambassador Khalilzad’s past efforts to

nominate himself in presidential elections, Mohib went on to claim that the

ongoing efforts by Ambassador Khalilzad could be seen as an attempt to establish

an interim government under his leadership.

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