US ready to finalise peace deal, says Khalilzad


WASHINGTON, DC -- Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said Tuesday (August 20) that he was ready to resume a new round of talks with the Taliban as he headed back to Qatar to work on "remaining issues".

"Productive week in Washington. Briefed management on where we are and next steps. Back on the road again. First stop Doha where we will try and close on remaining issues," Khalilzad's office said in a tweet.

"We’re ready. Let’s see if the Taliban are as well," he said.

Earlier Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC television that a deal in Doha was possible if the current level of attacks in the country can be significantly reduced.

"The conversations are going well," Pompeo said.

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