Biden administration dispatches Khalilzad for talks with Taliban


 KABUL: The new U.S. administration has dispatched seasoned Diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, to the Middle East to restart peace negotiations with the Taliban, the State Department notified on Sunday. 
According to a statement, Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan and Qatar to meet and consult with Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives.
“(Khalilzad) will resume discussions on the way ahead with the Islamic Republic and Afghan leaders, Taliban representatives, and regional countries whose interests are best served by the achievement of a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Monday and met with Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation. 
The sides discussed the peace process, Doha talks, and the U.S. review of the Doha pact, as well as the steps forward with Khalilzad on Monday.  
They also called for an immediate end to violence and acceleration of the peace talks.