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Khalilzad trying to circumvent Afghan govt in peace talks: Mohib

Khalilzad trying to circumvent Afghan govt in peace talks: Mohib

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Mar 15, 2019 - 14:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib has criticized US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad for what he alleged trying to reach power and circumventing the elected Afghan government in peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon.

Mohib told reporters in Washington DC and a think tank that Khalilzad was keeping the Afghan government in dark about his talks with the Taliban in Doha and had personal ambitions in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

 “We don’t know what’s going on. We don’t have the kind of transparency that we should have,” Mohib told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

He said the people of Afghanistan believed the US-Taliban talks were aimed at creating a caretaker government to be headed by Khalilzad.

After his remarks, Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale summoned Mohib to reject his comments about the US approach to reconciliation in Afghanistan, said State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said after the meeting between the two officials.

Palladino said Under Secretary Hale in his meeting with Mohib “underscored” the “longstanding” US assistance and support to Afghanistan.

Hale expressed America’s commitment to the Afghan government’s stability and full participation in the peace process, the State Department deputy spokesman said.

 “He also reminded National Security Advisor Mohib that Special Representative Khalilzad represents the Secretary, and that attacks on Ambassador Khalilzad are attacks on the Department and only serve to hinder the bilateral relationship and the peace process,” Palladino said.

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