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Khalilzad briefs US lawmakers on failure of talks with Taliban

Khalilzad briefs US lawmakers on failure of talks with Taliban

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Sep 20, 2019 - 09:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US Special Afghanistaninfo-icon envoy Zalmay Khalilzad  briefed members of the US Congress behind closed doors on the failure of the US-Talibaninfo-icon talks, a media report said on Friday.
"In the last few weeks, we've seen the Afghan reconciliation process go off the rails in spectacular fashion," Representative Eliot Engel, the Democrat chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said at a public hearing after Khalilzad's appearance.

"We've learned that the president up-ended the deal and we have learned that the peace deal evidently is dead," Engel said.

In a series of tweets earlier this month, US President Donald Trump said he was calling off secret meetings with Taliban representatives and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David in Maryland.

Citing a Taliban attack in Kabul in which 12 people, including a US soldier, that had been ongoing for months.

Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of state, told the Foreign Affairs Committee that the Trump administration remains committed to the long-term stability of Afghanistan despite cuts in aid. 

"We want to be able to signal … that we are committed to the long-term development of Afghanistan but not over-committed to the point where we are assuming unreasonable or even a counterproductive level of involvement," Wells told committee in a public hearing. 

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