Khalilzad to attend Moscow conference on Afghan peace


KABUL: The US Department of State has announced that Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, will attend the forthcoming Moscow conference at the end of this week.
“Well, to answer your question on the peace process in Afghanistan as well as Special Representative Khalilzad, as of last week, the Secretary said we are engaging in the region and international partners to try to accelerate progress towards a political settlement, and as a part of our ongoing efforts to encourage this important peace process, Ambassador Khalilzad does plan to attend the meeting in Moscow,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
This meeting would supplement all other international attempts to promote the Afghan peace process, as well as represent the international community’s reservations about the progress made so far, he said.
Meanwhile, the High Council for National Reconciliation has announced that Abdullah Abdullah, the council’s head, will fly to Moscow on Wednesday to attend the meeting at the head of a high-ranking, 16-member delegation.
The meeting takes place in the wake of recent changes in Afghanistan’s peace efforts, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s letter to President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah and the US-proposed Afghan peace draft proposal put forth to the warring sides.