Intra-Afghan talks have never been so close: Khalilzad

"This is an important moment for Afghanistan and the region, perhaps a defining moment," he said.

Kabul: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has said that the intra-Afghan talks have never been so close, adding that this was a defining moment for peace in the war-torn country.

He made the remarks on Friday while addressing a virtual event organized by the Washington-based US Institute of Peace on Friday, reports TOLO News.

“This is an important moment for Afghanistan and the region, perhaps a defining moment,” he said.

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Khalilzad also said that the war had left huge burdens on the US and Afghanistan as well as the world community.

Khalilzad said that casualties among the Afghan military personnel and civilians had been reduced this year compared to last year.

He said that under the US-Taliban peace agreement which was signed in Doha on February 29, Washington was committed to withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan. However, he reiterated that any troop withdrawal would be conditions-based.

The Afghan ambassador to the US, Roya Rahmani, also addressed the session where she called on the regional countries and the international community to help the country in its efforts for peace, reports TOLO News.

“The Afghan people need their Central Asian neighbours to support the Afghan peace process with their consensus and their commitment to a stable, peaceful and free Afghanistan”

said Rahmani.

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