Amid talk of a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad said Thursday that America is not “cutting and running” from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting.
Khalilzad addressed an audience in Washington on a video link from Qatar where the two-day intra-Afghan conference concluded on July 8 with a resolution that offered a roadmap for the country’s future.
The Washington event was heavily focused on raising the voices of women who fear any peace accord with the Taliban will rollback gains they have made and return them to the days of repressive Taliban rule, the AP reported.
“We would like to leave a very positive legacy here,” Khalilzad said. “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.”
The Taliban refuses to meet with the Afghan government, but there are ongoing discussions about peace.