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US envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad meets Swaraj

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

US special envoy to Khalilzad Thursday met and discussed the situation in and the peace process.

Khalilzad is understood to have apprised Swaraj about US plans to withdraw its troops from the war-ravaged country as well as Washington's efforts to give a push to the stalled peace process.

"EAM @SushmaSwaraj met Mr. Khalilzad, US for Afghan Reconciliation. Both sides shared their perspectives on peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan," tweeted.

Major powers like the US and have been reaching out to the as part of efforts to push the stalled 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 said on Tuesday.

has been a key stakeholder in the peace and reconciliation process in

In a significant move, had sent two former diplomats in "non official" capacity to a conference on Afghan peace process in in November which was attended by a high-level delegation.

The conference organised by was attended by representatives of Afghanistan as well as from several other countries including the US, and

has been maintaining a policy of not engaging with the and pressing for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace initiative to bring peace and stability in the war-ravaged country.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:25 IST