Khalilzad arrives in Kabul to discuss peace with Afghan officials


KABUL -- US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Monday (April 1) said he was in Kabul to meet with Afghan officials ahead of his next round of talks with the Taliban aimed at ending more than 17 years of war.

Khalilzad said in a tweet that he had already met with some government representatives in charge of the Afghan peace process.

"We discussed the urgency of making progress on intra-Afghan dialogue," Khalilzad wrote.

The State Department on Friday (March 29) said Khalilzad's trip was "part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that brings all Afghan parties together in inclusive intra-Afghan negotiations".

Khalilzad's trip has already seen him stop in London and Brussels as he seeks global support for a peace deal.

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