Ghani, US Delegation Confer on Strengthening Bilateral Relations


Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani for the second time met with the US inter-ministerial delegation led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US State Department’s special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, late on Monday, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

The statement said that both parties discussed a new chapter of collaboration including the continuance of political, economic, diplomatic, and security relations between Afghanistan and the United States during the meeting.
Once again, the US inter-ministerial delegation reaffirmed its commitment to assist Afghanistan in these arenas, the source said.

After the meeting, President Ghani expressed gratitude for the continued assistance of the US with Afghanistan, saying that the new chapter in Afghanistan’s relations with the international community, particularly with the US will strengthen relations between the two countries, the statement concluded.

Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to jump-start stalled peace negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government. According to the United States Department of State, the U.S. envoy would also visit Qatar and several regional countries about the Afghan peace process.

Khalilzad’s visit to Kabul comes as peace negotiations between the Taliban and government had been in deadlock for the last several months amid the U.S. and NATO forces withdrawal from Afghanistan.