President Ghani, US envoy renew call for intra-Afghan talks

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met US special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad at the presidential palace and both sides underlined the need for an intra-Afghan dialogue on ending the ongoing war in the country, a statement said yesterday.
Khalilzad said they discussed building further international consensus for peace and regional requirements and implications for peace including recent positive movement in Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, the presidential press office added.
They conferred on opportunities peace would provide for regional connectivity and development. “As Afghan peace process talks continue to progress, we agreed preparations for intra-Afghan negotiations now is essential,” Khalilzad said in a tweet. Meanwhile, a statement from President Ghani’s office said Khalilzad briefed the president on his trips to Europe and future plans with regard to the peace process.
The discussions were mostly focused on intra-Afghan dialogue, according to the statement, which said the two sides welcomed Germany’s role in this regard.  “The two sides hoped that the intra-Afghan talks will begin as soon as possible.” Also, on Sunday, the US Embassy in Kabul said Khalilzad would hold consultations with leaders of the National Unity Government, political figures, civil society and women.
The Kabul Times

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