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Officials: US Envoy Visits Afghanistan over Restarting Peace Talks

Officials: US Envoy Visits Afghanistan over Restarting Peace Talks

Sunday, 27 October, 2019 - 08:45
FILE PHOTO: Taliban walk as they celebrate ceasefire in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan June 16, 2018.REUTERS/Parwiz

An Afghan politician confirmed that US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in Afghanistan's capital for his first visit since talks between Washington and Taliban collapsed last month.

Sayed Hamid Gailani, leader of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan, posted on his Twitter account late Saturday that he met with Khalilzad and his team in Kabul to discuss the country's recent presidential elections and peace efforts.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an Afghan official also confirmed Sunday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had met with Khalilzad, the Associated Press reported.

The official said that the meeting took place at the presidential palace on Saturday.

Khalilzad's visit to Kabul follows a meeting in Moscow he held with representatives of China, Russia and Pakistan, over restarting peace talks to end Afghanistan's 18-year-old war.

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