Special Interview With US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad
In this program, host Lotfullah Najafizada interviews US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who is visiting Kabul for the sixth time since last November on his mission for Afghan peace.
Khalilzad says that the United States is seeking peace and political settlement in Afghanistan and that the withdrawal of foreign forces will be conditions-based.
Khalilzad is in Kabul for his sixth visit since last November and he has held five rounds of talks with the Taliban. In his last round of talks in Doha in mid-March, the US and the Taliban agreed in draft on counterterrorism assurances and US forces withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“We are seeking peace and a political settlement, not a withdrawal,” Khalilzad said. “We want a peace which will provide the ground for withdrawal.”
He said that “it is not true that the withdrawal of the foreign forces from Afghanistan will happen ahead of a peace deal”.