Joe Biden’s special envoy for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad resigns from his post and is all set to leave his office this week as the US Department of State plans to start an investigation over the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the deadly evacuation of Kabul.

The native Afghan veteran diplomat served in this post for the past three years both during President Trump and Joe Biden’s tenures.

Though Zalmay Khalilzad is widely criticized for not putting pressure on the Taliban to reconsolidate with the Afghan government, secretary of state Antonio Blinken praised his efforts and thanked him.

Khalilzad succeeded to ink US-Taliban agreement but failed to make the latter reach an agreement with the Afghan government.

The former US ambassador to Afghanistan and United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad previously planned to resign from his post in May when Joe Biden announced troops’ withdrawal to be completed before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, he was asked to stay in his post and he did.

Zalmay Khalilzad in his letter of resignation said that he will continue working on behalf of the Afghan people and added to share his thoughts about what went wrong in Afghanistan and the way forward.

Khalilzad will be replaced by his deputy Thomas West.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.