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Khalilzad Meets Mohaqiq, Noor and Discussed Range of Issues

MAZAR-E-SHARIF – Zalmay Khalilzad, The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, on Tuesday during his visit to Balkh province, met with deputy chief executive, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, and former Balkh governor, Atta Mohammad Noor.
A statement from Atta Mohammad Noor office stated that both the sides discussed range of issues including Afghan political and security issues, peace process and forthcoming president election.
During meeting with prominent Afghan politicians in Balkh, Khalilzad said that the US forces withdrawal is linked with durable peace and security in Afghanistan.
“A peace which creates an environment where there is no need for the US mission here and the assurance that threat will not be staged from Afghanistan against the US and the Afghans will not want the US to stay here, in that case, the US is ready to leave Afghanistan.”
Furthermore, Mohaqiq, who met Taliban leadership in Moscow twice, said that we held detailed conversation on accelerating the Afghan peace process, adding that, our position is clear and that is the Taliban must engage in intra-Afghan talks. So far it was only an intra-Afghan dialogue.
He further added that during meeting with Khalilzad, the Afghan politicians called for some restrictions on President Ghani’s authorities.
Mohaqiq criticized president Ghani over the indiscriminate use of power to suppress other presidential candidates.
He said that in one day several ambassadors and several ministers were appointed and even 30 police commanders were replaced and heads of dozens of electoral commissions. These were all issues and protests that we had during meeting with Khalilzad.
Mohaqeq also threatened the presidential palace with mass demonstrations against described sexual bribery in ARG as promoting prostitution in the government institutes. (Sahar News)

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