US not advocating for interim govt. in Afghanistan: Wilson


KABUL: The US envoy to Afghanistan has said his country isn’t advocating for an interim government in Kabul, adding the ongoing peace negotiations should reflect the wishes and aspirations of the Afghan people.
In a tweet on Wednesday, US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson said, “We have not advocated, and the United States is not advocating an interim government. The outcomes of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations are up to Afghans & we believe those outcomes should reflect the Afghan people’s wishes & aspirations.”
He assured that the US was committed to bringing about an end to Afghanistan’s conflict through a political settlement that ensured the country remained sovereign, unified & democratic. 
Wilson emphasized Afghanistan should be at peace with itself and its neighbors, as well as preserve gains made over the last 19 years. 
He added that the first phase of peace negotiations constituted a significant step forward, but much was still needed to be done. “The United States remains firm in its call for an immediate reduction of violence and ceasefire,” Wilson said.
The US envoy said that he talked with Zalmay Khalilzad about the need to accelerate the talks in Doha and heard from the Afghan people about their ideas and concerns from the process.
The remarks from Wilson come as some media sources reported that Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for the Afghan peace process, had reportedly proposed the establishment of an interim government in Afghanistan.