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Afghan envoy hopes 2019 to be year of peace for Afghanistan

AP  |  Islamabad 

The Afghan president's has expressed hopes the war that has ravaged for over 17 years and cost the about USD 1 trillion will end in 2019.

summed up his optimism in an interview with on Wednesday, saying: "We are naming 2019 as a year of peace for "

However, he cautioned there won't be peace until the Taliban, who have held several rounds of talks with Washington's Zalmay Khalilzad, agree to direct talks with the

So far, the insurgents have refused.

Khalilzad is on a new tour of the region and will travel to India, China, and This time he isn't expected to visit Qatar, where the have a political office.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 14:15 IST