The U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad met with the Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.

According to a statement released by the Office of Chief Executive, Ambassador Khalilzad briefed Chief Executive Abdullah regarding his trips to the region and other countries as well as progress in peace talks.

The statement further added that Cheif Executive Abdullah hailed Ambassador Khalilzad and the U.S. government for their efforts in maintaining peace in Afghanistan emphasizing that peace is one of the longtime demands of the Afghan people and nothing can have more priority than to put an end to the ongoing conflict.

The U.S. Ambassador to Kabul John Bass had also attended the meeting, the Office of the Chief Executive said, adding that Mr. Abdullah also emphasized on an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and dignified peace process.

The meeting between the U.S. envoy and Chief Executive Abdullah has taken place a day before the scheduled meeting of Ambassador Khalilzad with the Taliban representatives and Pakistani officials in Islamabad.

The Taliban group had earlier confirmed that a meeting regarding peace efforts would be organized in Islamabad based on formal invitation of the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The group in a statement said that the meeting would be organized on 18th of February and would be attended by the U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as well.