Khalilzad returns to Doha, encourages sides to agree on truce 


KABUL: The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, arrived in Doha on Monday evening, one day before the second round of the peace negotiations are to get underway. 
In a series of tweets, Khalilzad stated that he expected substantial progress in the talks that could bring peace to the Afghan war-frustrated nation. 
“I return to Doha and the region with expectations that the parties will make tangible progress in the next round of #Afghanistan Peace Negotiations.”
Meanwhile, he emphasized and encouraged the government and the Taliban negotiating teams to agree on a political settlement and an immediate ceasefire.
“Both sides must demonstrate they are acting in the best interest of the Afghan people by making real compromises and negotiating an agreement on a political settlement as soon as possible and an immediate significant reduction in violence/ceasefire,” he said. 
He also stressed that the country’s current levels of violence were unacceptable, saying “Those perpetuating the violence seek to undermine the peace process and the country’s future. They do not reflect the will of the Afghan people, who yearn for peace.”
This is while the Afghanistan State Ministry for Peace announced that the Afghan delegation team is to leave for Doha on Tuesday morning to resume talks with the Taliban.