KABUL (Pajhwok): The US special envoy has left Kabul following productive talks with President Ashraf Ghani on accelerating a settlement process.
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Ghani also discussed reducing violence across Afghanistan and supporting Afghan security forces if violence continued, the US embassy said..
The envoy also conferred on these topics with former president Hamid Karzai, leaders of the High Peace Council and other prominent Afghans, a statement from the embassy said.
Khalilzad, who departed Kabul on Sunday evening, was pleased to see the Afghans with whom he met, inside and outside government, coming together to put peace first.
“He discussed with President Ghani and other leaders how to ensure the intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha next week, in which representatives of the Afghan government and wider society will participate, can best advance our shared goal of accelerating a settlement process.”
Khalilzad stressed the need for roping in violence across Afghanistan in the coming weeks and explored ways to build broader regional support for the current effort to realise the Afghan people’s yearning for peace.