Khalilzad Meets Ghani, Abdullah Over Peace Process

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KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad who is on a visit to Kabul has met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman Abdullah Abdullah of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) and discussed the Afghan peace process and international consensus for supporting a peaceful solution to the Afghan crisis.
 A statement from the Presidential Palace obtained by Orband News on Monday, said that Khalilzad during his meeting with president Ghani briefed him on recent developments in the peace process.  
Ghani, in the meeting with Khalilzad, underlined that the Afghan peace process should be changed based on new realities as foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan.
“Based on the beginning of the new season of relations (between Afghanistan and US) after the announcement of the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, President Ghani stressed the need to conform the peace process with new realities,” the statement said.
On the other hand, a statement from HCNR said that Khalilzad met with Abdullah Abdullah and discussed new chapter of mutual relations between Afghanistan and the international community.
According to the statement, Khalilzad said that the US would “use its influence to establish and maintain that consensus” for the Afghan peace process and highlighted the importance of regional and international consensus for a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict.
The HCNR office said that Abdullah during the meeting cited Taliban as the main barrier to peace and stressed the importance of seizing the current opportunity to put the nearly half a century war to end.