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Khalilzad meets Afghan leaders in Kabul

Khalizad Meets Afghan Leaders in Kabul

KABUL – The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived in Kabul where he is meeting with Afghan leaders ahead of the Eid-al-Adha ceasefire, which starts on Friday, said government officials.
In his meeting with President Ghani, the two discussed an extension of the ceasefire and a reduction in violence, the start of direct talks, and also the prisoner exchange, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, and former president Hamid Karzai were also present in Khalilzad’s meeting with Ghani.
Khalilzad also met with Abdullah where they discussed the completion of the prisoner swap, reduction in violence, intra-Afghan talks and ceasefire, Abdullah’s office said in a statement.
Members of the High Council of National Reconciliation have said that Khalilzad’s trip is aimed at holding discussions with the Afghan political leadership about the intra-Afghan talks and the implementation of the US-Taliban peace agreement which was signed in Doha on February 29.
“Laying the groundwork for the start of intra-Afghan talks, sharing the details of his recent trips and completing the agreement established in Doha between the Taliban and the Americans–this is the agenda for his traveling,” said Faraidoon Khawzon, a spokesperson for the High Council of National Reconciliation.
(Sahar News)

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