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Turkish deputy foreign minister and US peace envoy discuss Afghan peace process

Turkish deputy foreign minister, Sedat Önal met the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and discussed efforts related to the Afghan peace process, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey said on Twitter on Wednesday, March 10.

According to Turkey’s foreign ministry, the meeting was held yesterday, March 10, in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
The US peace envoy met Turkey’s deputy foreign minister after the envoy handed over a US proposal as a draft peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban to their respective leaderships in Kabul and Doha.

According to the US proposal upon agreement of the two negotiating parties, high-level talks will be held between the two parties in Ankara, capital of Turkey, during which they will discuss setting up a transitional peace government in Afghanistan and how to transfer the power.

The US proposal, however, was followed by some severe criticisms of the Afghan government, mainly the First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. Reacting against the proposal and the tone of a letter sent by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Saleh said that the Afghan government does not accept a “dictating peace” under any circumstances.