US sends envoy to press for peace talks in Afghanistan

Washington, July 25

Washington has dispatched a particular envoy for Afghanistan to press for peace talks between the federal government and Taliban fighters, with the diplomat scheduled to go to Kabul on a visit with stops in 5 nations, the U.S.

State Department mentioned on Saturday.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad departed on Friday to journey to Doha, Kabul, Islamabad, Oslo and Sofia, the division mentioned in a press release.

The United States is drawing down its troops in Afghanistan beneath an settlement struck in February with the Taliban.

The settlement aimed to pave the way in which for formal peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan authorities, and Khalilzad’s activity is to attempt to carry either side to the desk.

Khalilzad plans to press for a deal on prisoner exchanges and a discount in violence, two points which have hampered progress towards beginning peace talks.

“Although significant progress has been made on prisoner exchanges, the issue requires additional effort to fully resolve,” the State Department mentioned in its assertion.

On Wednesday, Khalilzad condemned an assault by Afghan authorities forces that killed 45 individuals, together with civilians, in airstrikes in opposition to Taliban fighters in a western province bordering Iran. — Reuters

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