US seeks comprehensive peace agreement, not withdrawal accord: Khalilzad

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The United States is seeking a "comprehensive peace agreement" and not an accord on a withdrawal in its negotiations with the Taliban, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said on Tuesday (June 18).

"As we prepare for the next round of talks with the Taliban, important to remember we seek a comprehensive peace agreement, NOT a withdrawal agreement," Khalilzad tweeted Tuesday.

"A comprehensive peace agreement is made up of four inter-connected parts: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations that lead to a political settlement; and a comprehensive & permanent ceasefire. This is a framework which the Taliban accept," he said in the tweet.

"As I've said on numerous occasions, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed," he added.

Khalilzad's statement comes after Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said in a tweet earlier on Tuesday that the United States had agreed to withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan.

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