Pres. Ghani refuses to meet Khalilzad, sources reveal


KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has refused to meet with the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, some sources said Wednesday.

Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Monday and met with chairman of High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Former President Hamid Karzai, Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib, and general director of the office of the president, Dr. Fazal Fazly.

However, the top U.S. diplomat for the Afghan peace process left Kabul for Turkmenistan without meeting with President Ashraf Ghani, a Kabul-based foreign source was quoted by Pajhwok Afghan News as saying.

A government official who wished to go unnamed said that the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Rose Wilson tried to organize a meeting between Khalilzad and Ghani, but the president refused to meet him.

The source said that Ghani’s refusal to meeting the U.S. diplomat was due to the ‘one-sided’ judgment of Khalilzad in the peace process.