US emissary Khalilzad withdraws for five-country visit counting Pakistan to examine Afghan talks


WASHINGTON: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad withdrew for a five-nation visit on Friday as Washington presses for harmony talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The US State Department said Khalilzad would make a trip to Doha, Kabul, Islamabad, Oslo and Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.

The United States is drawing down its soldiers in Afghanistan under an understanding hit in February with the Taliban.

The understanding expected to prepare for formal harmony talks between the radicals and the Afghan government, and Khalilzad’s errand is to attempt to carry the two sides to the table.

Khalilzad plans to press for an arrangement on detainee trades and a decrease in savagery, two issues that have hampered progress toward beginning harmony talks.

“Albeit noteworthy advancement has been made on detainee trades, the issue requires extra exertion to completely resolve,” the State Department said in its announcement.

On Wednesday, Khalilzad censured an assault by the Afghan government powers that killed 45 individuals, including regular people, in airstrikes against Taliban contenders in a western area flanking Iran.

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