WASHINGTON – US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad discussed Afghan peace process with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister and Diplomate in Washington DC on Thursday evening, said the peace envoy in a statement.
According to the statement, Khalilzad met with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov and Uzbekistan Ambassador to the US and Canada Javlon Vakhabov in DC, discussing “Afghanistan Peace Negotiations and the importance of an immediate reduction in violence.”
“We also discussed the region’s role in helping the Afghan peace process and recommitted to the importance of regional economic connectivity, trade and development facilitated by peace in Afghanistan, benefiting Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Khalilzad exclaimed they look forward to a “high-level” meeting among the representatives of the US, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to discuss regional connectivity and development initiatives.
“We look forward to soon announcing a regional investment fund and a high-level meeting of representatives from the United States, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to discuss, connectivity, trade and development initiatives,” he added.
The visit came at a time, Afghanistan representatives and the Taliban delegations are cutting a rough edge to push through the peace negotiations in Doha that will determine the future of 34 billion Afghans in the country.