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US Special Representative on Afghanistan to visit India

IANS  |  Washington 

US Special on Khalilzad is slated to visit among other countries in the region as part of the process for an intra-Afghan political settlement, the has said.

"Special for Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad will lead an interagency delegation to India, China, Afghanistan, and from January 8-21," the Department said on Tuesday.

"He will meet senior government officials in each country to facilitate an intra-Afghan political settlement.

"The US supports the desire of the Afghan people and the international community for a political settlement that ends the 40-year conflict and ensures never again serves as a platform for international terrorism."

The move comes a day after and US had a telephonic conversation during which the two leaders agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in the year ahead.

The conversation between the two leaders took place after Trump on January 2 said that was not doing enough for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad's visit for an intra-Afghan political settlement reflects New Delhi's stand that it is is for an "Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled" peace and reconciliation process.

Tuesday's statement came even as the Afghan called off talks with US officials scheduled in this week reportedly over an "agenda disagreement".

The have repeatedly rejected to hold talks on peace with the in the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan.

The statement said that Khalilzad will continue to coordinate his efforts with Afghan Ashraf Ghani, and other Afghan stakeholders to ensure an intra-Afghan peace process.

"The US goal is to promote dialogue among Afghans about how to end the conflict, and to encourage the parties to come together at the negotiating table to reach a political settlement where every Afghan citizen enjoys equal rights and responsibilities under the rule of law," the statement said.

"During his last trip in December, Special Khalilzad reiterated that the only solution to the conflict is for all parties to sit together and reach an agreement on the political future of Afghanistan with mutual respect and acceptance."

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 10:04 IST
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