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US envoy to visit Qatar, Afghanistan for peace talks

August 20, 2019 at 6:53 pm

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad speaks before Republican US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks about foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel on 27 April 2016 in Washington, DC. [BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images]

The US special envoy will travel to Qatar and Afghanistan on Tuesday to resume peace talks with the Taliban and the Afghan government, the State Department said, as the United States seeks a resolution that will enable it to withdraw American troops from the country, says Reuters.

The US special representative to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will resume talks with the Taliban in Doha “as part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan,” the department said in a statement.

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He will consult with leaders of the Afghan government in Kabul and encourage negotiations between the two sides, it said.

Khalilzad briefed President Donald Trump on Friday on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a US troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides.

Trump said on Sunday that Washington was having “very good discussions” with both the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Trump, who has repeatedly questioned the billions of dollars spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has made no secret of his desire to pull out of Afghanistan after 19 years of war triggered by the September 11, 2001, attacks.

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