Khalilzad to Start Another Tour to Region to Hasten Peace Talks


KABUL: Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) and Dean Thompson, Acting Assistant Secretary Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department have discussed the peace process and bilateral ties.
A statement from HCNR stated that Abdullah welcomed Dean Thompson’s visit to Afghanistan and thanked the United States for its continued cooperation with the Afghan people, particularly the country’s $300 million assistance to Afghanistan’s civilian sector.
The two sides discussed main reasons that postponed Istanbul Conference on Afghan peace, Afghanistan’s regional relations and national consensus in support of Afghan peace, the source said. 
Abdullah called for continued support from international community and regional countries for peace efforts in Afghanistan, the statement added.
Thompson, on his part, reaffirmed the United States and its allies’ persistent cooperation with Afghanistan and said that they hoped the Afghan government would work for creation of a national consensus for peace in the war devastated country.
He stressed that peace in Afghanistan was in the interest of the world and the region. 
Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, is expected to start a new trip to Qatar and the region to hasten the Afghan peace process which is at standstill.