Khalilzad confers on Afghan peace process with Uzbek officials


KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has met Uzbek officials to discuss the importance of peace and reduction of violence in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad wrote on his Twitter page on Friday that he talked with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov in Washington, DC.

He said the meeting, which was also attended by Uzbek Ambassador to the United States and Canada Javlon Vakhabov, conferred on the potential positive effects of peace on economic integration and development in the region.

The region’s role in helping the Afghan peace process was tabled for discussion as well.

This comes as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at the head of a high-level delegation to Kabul on Thursday. His talks with President Ashraf Ghani were mainly focused on ensuring peace in Afghanistan, regional connectivity and cooperation.

The intra-Afghan talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban set off about more than two months ago in Doha, but war and violence continue unabated in the country.

Informal reports yesterday indicated that the two negotiating sides have so far only agreed on a negotiating procedure.