U.S. envoy hopes for peace deal with Taliban in 2019
The U.S. particular envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, native media reported on Sunday.
Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to guide talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan authorities, instructed reporters he hopes “a peace deal is reached earlier than April 20 subsequent yr.”
Afghanistan is planning to carry a presidential election on April 20, 2019.
The Afghan-born U.S. diplomat mentioned he remained “cautiously optimistic” concerning the peace talks.
Khalilzad, chosen by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to carry direct talks with the Taliban, met the leaders of the hardline Islamist group in Qatar final month to discover methods to finish the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan.
On Sunday Khalilzad mentioned the tip state of the talks could be “peace and a profitable Afghanistan, one that does not pose any threats to itself and to the worldwide neighborhood.”
The Taliban weren’t instantly accessible for remark.
The insurgents, combating to expel overseas forces and defeat te Western-backed Afghan authorities, final month introduced calls for to Khalilzad that included a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the discharge of senior Taliban from jails.
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