Foreign PolicyUnited StatesU.S. Wants to Bring New Momentum to Afghan Peace Process -Envoy

KABUL — The United States wants to accelerate the peace process in Afghanistan by focusing on diplomacy and garnering wider international support, the U.S. embassy in Kabul said on Thursday.

U.S. envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, discussed various options to take the peace process forward with Afghan leaders, the embassy said in a statement as he concluded a three-day visit to Kabul.

According to local media reports, Khalilzad has suggested an international conference on Afghanistan in which the United Nations is to play an important role.

It was Khalilzad’s first visit under the new U.S. administration of President Joe Biden.

Under former U.S. President Donald Trump, Khalilzad had brokered an agreement with the insurgent Taliban that would see the United States and international forces leave Afghanistan by May.

As part of the agreement, the Taliban agreed to start peace negotiations with the Afghan government.

Peace negotiations started in Doha in September, but have not seen significant progress so far.

The Taliban keep insisting on their agreement with the U.S.

Should international forces not be withdrawn, the insurgents have threatened to stage a war like one their enemies “have never seen before. (dpa/NAN)

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