Taliban meet Khalilzad, stress Doha pact implementation 


KABUL: The Taliban have met with the US special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, in Qatar, in the wake of attempts to restart the peace process stalled by rising instability and a looming US troop withdrawal deadline, according to international media reports. 
Khalilzad and the top US general in Afghanistan met with the Taliban’s negotiating team in Doha, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban spokesman Muhamad Naeem said. 
“Both sides expressed their commitment to the Doha agreement and discussed its full implementation. Likewise, the current situation of Afghanistan and the rapidity and effectiveness of the Intra-Afghan negotiations were discussed,” Naeem said. 
Earlier this week, President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), met and discussed Afghan peace talks with Khalilzad in Kabul.
This is the first time Khalilzad has visited Qatar publicly since US President Joe Biden took office in January and asked him to continue in his post.