US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai and several other politicians on Wednesday in Kabul and discussed the recent US-Taliban Qatar talks.
Ghani’s office said in a statement that both Khalilzad and the president discussed the ceasefire and the Taliban’s “safe havens outside Afghanistan.”
Khalilzad also met Abdullah Abdullah in the afternoon and they talked about the reduction of violence and ceasefire to reach to a long-term peace in the country, a statement of Abdullah’s office said.
Khalilzad also met with met former Afghan president Hamid Karzai in Kabul and both discussed the peace process and efforts for the future, Karzai’s office said.
Khalilzad’s trip comes after a break was called in the US-Taliban negotiations following a Taliban-claimed attack on Bagram airbase on December 11. Before the break, sources said that the discussions were focused on a reduction of violence, a ceasefire and intra-Afghan negotiations.
Khalilzad on December 14 visited Pakistan and met with Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and they discussed the security situation and the ongoing Afghan reconciliation, said a Pakistani military spokesman.