Zalmai Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan peace, said that the world and the region were united in their opposition to the Taliban’s attempt to seize power through military operations and increasing their violence against the Afghan security and defense forces.
According to a newsletter released by US Embassy in Kabul, the US officials in Afghanistan have stated that Khalilzad raised the issue during a meeting with Afghan leaders after he came to Kabul, aiming a boost in the peace process with the Taliban.
According to the newsletter, Khalilzad called the Afghan security and defense forces, numbering more than 350,000, the country’s national wealth and praised the achievements of these forces.
The US Special Envoy for Afghanistan has also stressed that the United States will continue to support Afghanistan’s security, defense forces, and countries development programs at any cost.
The US special envoy, who arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit yesterday (Monday, May 4), met with President Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, and political leaders to emphasize that only a negotiated agreement could lead to an end Afghanistan’s more than 40 years of war. He said that with the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, a new chapter of cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community would begin. Mr. Khalilzad has also stated that the world is standing with the Afghan people, and their interests would be maintained.
Meanwhile, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Biden’s plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 of 2021, could have severe implications for the Taliban.
Khalilzad’s remarks come as the Taliban have stepped up their attacks in more than 20 provinces, saying that war is the only option for the group to come to power.
More than 100 civilians have reportedly been killed in various incidents across the country in recent days as Taliban violence escalates.