Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State accompanied by US special envoy to Afghan peace, Zalmai Khalilzad arrived in Doha on Saturday afternoon to meet with the Afghan and the Taliban peace negotiators, sources said.
According to a source in Doha, Pompeo has met both the Afghan and the Taliban delegation this afternoon and has discussed the continuation of the Afghan peace process and violence reduction.
The Afghanistan State Ministry for Peace in a statement has said that Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State has met with Sadat Mansoor Naderi, the State Minister of Peace and the Afghan peace delegation members where they have discussed the US supports to Afghanistan.
According to the statement, the Afghanistan peace delegation has expressed their concerns on the increased violence in Afghanistan despite the release of 5,000 Taliban detainees. The members have emphasized a ceasefire or at least a comprehensive violence reduction.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has said that the US is supporting Afghanistan for a stable peace and the US remains committed to a long-term to Afghanistan, he said.
This comes as violence in the country remains extremely violent, the battle in the country has expanded to more than 20 provinces.
Hours before Pompeo’s visit to Doha, 23 rocket shells struck various parts of Kabul city on Saturday morning, killing at least 8 people and wounding more than 31 civilians.