US Will Not Leave Afghanistan After Troop Withdrawal: Khalilzad

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KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad,  has said that the US will not abandon the Afghan people and continue its assistance even after withdrawing all troops form the country.



“Our soldiers are leaving Afghanistan, but the United States is not leaving Afghanistan,” Khalilzad said at a news conference in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, on Sunday. “We will work tirelessly in Afghanistan to achieve peace and reconciliation.”



 “We will continue our security assistance, and we will continue our economic and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan,” he added.



Khalilzad said, “Russia and the United States are cooperating nicely in supporting peace in Afghanistan.”


 


Khalilzad is presently touring the region in an attempt to seek support for the Afghan peace process ahead of the US and NATO troop pullout completes on September 11.