The US State Department spokesman Ned Price stated that his country is seeking to support a diplomatic solution to help the Afghans reach a political settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
4/3/2021–|Last updated: 4/3/202107:56 AM (Makkah)
The US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, confirmed that he held fruitful talks in Kabul with officials and civilian leaders, seeking to find a political settlement and a permanent ceasefire.
Khalilzad said in a series of tweets on Twitter that he had concluded three fruitful days of consultations in Kabul with government officials and various civilian leaders, adding that what he heard in the consultations encouraged him to continue efforts.
Khalilzad called on the Afghan government and the Taliban to find a way for a political settlement and a permanent ceasefire, noting that he discussed in Kabul various options and alternatives to push that forward.
The US envoy affirmed that there is widespread support for the need to move more quickly and to achieve a just and lasting peace that the Afghans demand and deserve, as he put it.
For his part, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that his country is seeking to support a diplomatic solution to help the Afghans reach a political settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, for this purpose Khalilzad and his team are making their first trip to the region since Joe Biden took power.
He added that Khalilzad had met with civil society and other Afghan political leaders, and that the focus was on accelerating progress toward peace.
An Afghan source had told Al-Jazeera that the peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban would be developed within the framework of a regional conference sponsored by the United Nations that would lead to a participatory government between the current Afghan administration and the Taliban.
The source added that the Doha agreement was part of the US envoy’s discussions with all Afghan parties, about the new US vision on Afghanistan.
The source confirmed that Khalilzad had held three meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to reach consensus with Kabul regarding the American vision, and that Khalilzad indicated the need to appoint a special UN envoy on Afghanistan.
He also indicated that the US envoy would travel Thursday to the Qatari capital, Doha, to discuss this vision with representatives of the Taliban.
Afghanistan is witnessing an escalation of violence in the recent period, in light of the stalled peace talks. The Biden administration announced about two weeks ago that it was discussing with Kabul a review of its strategy in Afghanistan.