Khalilzad skips India
US special representative for reconciliation in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has again decided to skip India during his fortnight travel to the region for advancing peace talks in the landlocked country.
Date of Publication : Wednesday 5 December 2018 09:19
While India remains a key stakeholder in Afghanistan and Khalilzad has attended all peace conferences including Geneva talks and Moscow format recently, this is the second time that he will not be visiting India while touring the region.
“Special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, wil l travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the UAE and Qatar with an interagency delegation from December 2-20,” US state department said in a statement.
Khalilzad will meet Afghan government officials and other interested parties to support and facilitate an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan. “Khalilzad will be in communication with President Ghani, chief executive Abdullah and other Afghan stakeholders to coordinate closely on efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government and other Afghans,” according to the state department.
“On his last trip to the region in November, Khalilzad met with men and women active in civil society and peace efforts, members of the media, and other government and nongovernment officials.”
Reporter : Hafizullah Rajabi