U.S special envoy for Afghanistan tries to speed up peace talks

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US special envoy for Afghanistan tries to speed up peace talks

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is visiting Turkey for this purpose, the State Department said.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad departed for Turkey this week to persuade the parties to the Afghan conflict to expedite negotiations to establish a truce in that country. This was reported on Saturday by the State Department.

According to the message, Ambassador Khalilzad began his trip on Thursday, March 25. He will try to convince both sides of the need to negotiate a political settlement that will lead to a permanent ceasefire and a lasting and just peace, the State Department said, referring to the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Ambassador Khalilzad “will also meet with interested parties to discuss how the region and the international community can facilitate negotiations between the parties,” the statement said.

The New York Times reported on Friday that a number of representatives of the American intelligence community are trying to dissuade Joe Biden from implementing the decision, made under President Donald Trump, on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, citing a secret intelligence report indicating the unstable situation in the country.

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Intelligence predicts that the Taliban could capture most of Afghanistan in two to three years. This will happen if US troops are withdrawn before an agreement is reached on a power-sharing between the Taliban and the official government in Kabul.

The withdrawal of troops will also potentially allow the al-Qaeda terrorist organization to rebuild its potential in Afghanistan, the publication reported, citing anonymous sources in the US leadership.