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Khalilzad in Kabul to brief Afghan government on peace process – World

The main negotiator of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, for Afghanistan was in Kabul on Sunday to inform the Afghan president about peace efforts on his first return trip since Trump ended talks with the Taliban in order to put end to the longest war in the United States.

Zalmay Khalilzad's visit comes after a series of discrete meetings he has had, even with the Taliban this month in Pakistan.

"The purpose of his visit is clear, to inform President Ghani about his recent visits and meetings in some countries about the Afghan peace process," said an official from the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Trump suspended talks with the Taliban about a plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban security guarantees last month after the death of an American soldier and 11 other people in a Taliban bomb attack in Kabul.

Before the talks between the United States and the Taliban were interrupted, both sides said they were close to reaching an agreement, despite concerns among some US security officials. UU. And Afghan government officials that a withdrawal from the US UU. It could generate more conflicts and a resurgence of militant factions.

The Taliban refused to speak with the Ghani government and denounced him as an American puppet.

Khalilzad had been pressuring the Taliban to declare a ceasefire with Afghan government forces and engage in talks to share power. The Taliban said that would follow an agreement on the withdrawal of all foreign forces.

The Taliban were ready to support the tentative agreement reached before Trump canceled the talks, according to Pakistani officials and sources of militant groups, who said the insurgents were eager to resume negotiations.

Trump also, despite suspending the talks, is willing to end the US involvement in Afghanistan, which began weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.

The United States has about 12,000 soldiers in Afghanistan.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1513240/khalilzad-in-kabul-to-brief-afghan-government-on-peace-process

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