President Ashraf Ghani met with US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday, the Presidential Palace (ARG) said in a statement adding that both sides discussed the next steps in the peace process and emphasized the importance of expediting efforts.

US special envoy met with President Ashraf Ghani On Monday, both sides have discussed upcoming steps in the peace process and stressed over expediting efforts towards the peace talks, Presidential Palace stated.

Khalilzad also promised that US will effectively play its role in ensuring an enduring peace in Afghanistan, ARG said in the statement

This comes as Abdullah’s office in a released statement on Monday  said that Khalilzad and Abdullah  “discussed peace talks, the review of the Doha peace agreement by the new US administration, the acceleration of the peace process, the second round of talks between Afghans in Doha, reduction in violence, and ways to advance peace talks and achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan,”

US special representative Khalilzad arrived in on Monday and to discuss the peace process with Abdullah Abdullah head of HCNR and other officials

US department stated that Khalilzad “will resume discussions on the way ahead with the Islamic Republic and Afghan leaders, Taliban representatives, and regional countries, whose interests are best served by the achievement of a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire”.

Abdullah Abdullah also tweeted that he discussed the peace process and the current review of the US-Taliban deal with former Trump’s administration by Biden’s leadership.

“As always pleased to meet HE Zalmay Khalilzad & his accompanying delegation. We discussed the peace process, talks in Doha, the US current review & the steps forward. We reiterated our call for an immediate end to violence & the acceleration of the peace talks,” Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

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