FM Atmar, Khalilzad discussed Afghan peace process


KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar on Friday met with the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, through teleconference, conferring the Afghan peace process and its latest developments. 
A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) underlined that the U.S. Charge d’Affairs in Kabul Ross Wilson was also present at the VTC meeting, where both sides exchanged views on the recent developments and challenges regarding the Afghan peace negotiations. 
“Both sides discussed strengthening the international community’s support for the second round of peace talks… and continuing the joint efforts between Kabul and Washinton for the success of the peace process,” MoFA said. 
For his part, Atmar praised the meeting, Atmar praised the Afghan-U.S. joint efforts for finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Khalilzad welcomed the second round of peace talks in Doha and pledged U.S. support to the Afghan government. 
“Mr. Khalilzad assured the Afghan Foreign Minister of the United States full support to the Afghan peace process and Washington’s commitment to long-term cooperation in countering terrorism and promoting regional peace and stability,” read the statement.