The U.S. officials have reacted to remarks of Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib regarding ongoing talks between U.S. and Taliban representatives in Doha, the capital city of Qatar.
According to reports, NSA Mohib on Thursday told reporters in Washington that the ongoing talks in Qatar are not transparent, claiming that the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has created an information vacuum between the government and ongoing talks.
Pointing towards Ambassador Khalilzad’s past efforts to nominate himself in presidential elections, Mohib went on to claim that the ongoing efforts by Ambassador Khalilzad could be seen as an attempt to establish an interim government under his leadership.
In react to NSA Mohib’s remarks, deputy spokesperson of Stat Department Robert Palladinno told reporters that Washington does not believe the remarks warrant a public response.
“I would add that our Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale is meeting with him as of 20 minutes ago, 3 o’clock this afternoon, to communicate the United States Government’s displeasure,” he added.
“We remain in close consultation with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other senior members of the Afghan Government on all matters involving peace in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that “And at every available opportunity, often multiple times during a single trip abroad, Special Representative Khalilzad has traveled to Kabul for updates and consultations. Khalilzad and President Ghani also speak regularly by telephone. In addition, Ambassador Bass, our ambassador in Kabul, and his team – they’re in touch with President Ghani on a near daily basis. So there is no lack of coordination.”