US peace envoy Khalilzad departs on travel to Qatar, Afghanistan for new talks
Issuing a statement on Tuesday, August 20, the US Department
of State said that Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay
Khalilzad departed on travel to Qatar and Afghanistan for resuming new round of
talks with the Taliban.
“In Kabul, he will consult with the leadership of the Afghan
government on the peace process and encourage full preparation for intra-Afghan
negotiations,” the statement further noted.
This comes days after Khalilzad briefed US President Donald Trump on the proceedings made over the eight rounds of peace talks with the Taliban.
In a tweet following the briefing, Trump wrote: “Just
completed a very good meeting on Afghanistan. Many on the opposite side of this
19 year war, and us, are looking to make a deal — if possible!”
The eight round of US-Taliban talks begun on August 04 and
ended on August 12, both sides said they would consult their respective
leaderships on the next steps.
During the talks, Khalilzad said
in a tweet on August 05 that they had made “excellent progress” for reaching a
peace deal with the Taliban.