“I want to congratulate Afghan government, political & civil society leaders for coming together. They’ve forged an inclusive negotiating team for talks with the Taliban,” Khalilzad said in a Twitter post.
Khalilzad further added “The Islamic Republic delegation reflects the true tapestry of the nation and the instrumental role of women.”
The Afghan government announced last week that it has formed a negotiating team led by former intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai to hold talks with the Taliban group.
The State Ministry in Peace Affairs said the negotiating team consists of 21 members including Masoom Stanikzai, Nader Naderi, Abdul Mateen Baig, Zerar Ahmad Muqbil, Fatema Gilani, Fawzia Koofi, Mohammad Rasool Talib, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Habiba Sarabi, Dr. Ghairat Baheer, Mohammad Hafeez Mansoor, Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, Mawlavi Enayatullah Baligh, Kalimullah Naqeebi, Mohammad Nateqi, Batur Dostum, Gern. Ayoub Ansari, Shahla Fareed, Sharifa Zurmati, Dr. Ameen Ahmadi and Khalid Noor.