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US Russian Envoys meet in Afghanistan

US, Russian Envoys for Afghanistan Meet in Turkey

ANKARA – The US peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad met his Russian counterpart in the Turkish capital for talks on efforts to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
The Russian embassy in Ankara announced on Twitter Feb. 22 that it hosted the meeting between Khalilzad and Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for Afghanistan.
Khalilzad’s Twitter account read: “Just met my Russian counterpart Amb Kabulov. We agreed that all-inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue is essential to advance peace efforts. To move forward, Afghans should name a unified, inclusive and national negotiating team that includes the Afghan government and other Afghans.”
It further added, “Amb Kabulov and I also discussed travel barriers to talks. We will explore options for securing UN travel waivers for Taliban negotiators to participate in peace talks.”
Khalilzad has been involved in efforts for reaching a peace deal in Afghanistan and has been part of direct talks with the Taliban.
(Sahar News)

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