• publish: 6 February 2021
  • time: 10:55 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 16868
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Blinken, Khalilzad discuss Afghan peace process

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad and discussed the Afghan peace process.

“Great meeting with Ambassador Khalilzad to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan continuing to protect the US against the threat of terrorism, achieving a must and durable political settlement there and cementing a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire,” Blinken said in a tweet.

Biden’s Administration has retained Khalilzad, who has for the past two years been the driving force behind the Afghan peace process, to continue the Afghan peace mission.

In a series of tweets, Khalilzad stated that he has briefed Blinken on the Afghanistan peace process “in the context of our continuing policy review.”

“We discussed the focus on our conditions-based strategy, one that brings peace to Afghanistan, secures a stable future for its citizens, and prevents anyone from using Afghanistan to threaten the United States and our allies,” Khalilzad said.  This comes as the government and the Taliban peace negotiating teams have not held any formal meetings in the last 19 days.

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