US not 'cutting and running' from Afghanistan, says Khalilzad

Salaam Times

WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States is not "cutting and running" from Afghanistan as it negotiates with Taliban militants, said US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Thursday (July 11).

"We would like to leave a very positive legacy here," Khalilzad said in a prerecorded video statement, shown at a conference held at Georgetown University in Washington.

"We are not cutting and running. We're not looking for a withdrawal agreement. We're looking for a peace agreement. And we're looking for a long-term relationship and partnership with Afghanistan," he said.

Khalilzad welcomed intra-Afghan dialogue talks July 7-8 in Doha, Qatar, where more than 60 Afghans held informal talks with a Taliban delegation on peace in Afghanistan.

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