The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the United States was approaching an important stage in Afghan peace process.

Ambassador Khalilzad informed in this regard after wrapping up a two-day visit to Afghanistan where he met government leaders, U.S. officials and other political leaders.

Calling the trip as ‘productive’, Khalilzad said in a Twitter post that he met with the U.S. Ambassador John Bass, Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. Scott Miller, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, former President Hamid Karzai and other political leaders.

He also added that he discussed efforts to achieve reduced violence and pave the way to intra-Afghan negotiations.

Ambassador Khalilzad announced last week that the United States has briefly paused talks wit the Taliban political leaders, a day after a coordinated Taliban attack killed 2 people and wounded 70 others near Bagram airfield.

Meanwhile, the U.S. officials announced last week that President Donald Trump is intending to announce the withdrawal of more than 4,000 troops from Afghanistan in coming weeks.