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Khalilzad: Wrapped up Two Days in Moscow at ‘Extended Troika’ Meeting

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US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said Friday that he wrapped up two days in Moscow at the “Extended Troika” meeting, aimed at accelerating peace negotiations. 

Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy for Afghanistan on Friday said that he wrapped up the two days extended troika meeting at accelerating the peace process in Moscow.

According to khalilzad the meeting was “productive diplomacy in support of the Afghan peace process.” 

“We encouraged delegations representing the Islamic Republic and the Taliban, which included many prominent leaders, to prepare for and attend a leaders’ meeting in Istanbul in early April, the next critical milestone in the peace process,” Khalilzad tweeted.

https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=khaama&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1372920204850819083&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.khaama.com%2Fkhalilzad-wrapped-up-two-days-in-moscow-at-extended-troika-meeting-5646477%2F&siteScreenName=khaama&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=500px This comes as the Moscow conference on Afghanistan’s peace process on Thursday, a joint statement was issued in which four primary representatives of countries like Russia, China, the US, and Pakistan stated that they will never support the re-emerge of the Islamic Emirate system in Afghanistan.

The statement also determined the will of the Afghan people for a prolonged peace, the representatives also called for a reduction of violence from all sides, stressed on Taliban not to launch spring offensives, and reiterated the need for a politically negotiated settlement for the Afghan conflict.

“As stated in the UNSC resolution 2513 (2020), we do not support the restoration of the Islamic Emirate and we call on the government of the Islamic and the High Council for National Reconciliation to engage openly with their Taliban counterparts regarding a negotiated settlement,” the statement read.

According to the statement involved bodies in intra-Afghan negotiations are required to immediately engage in discussing fundamental issues for finding a solution to end the conflict.

It is iterated in the statement that both the Afghan government and the Taliban should not let the Afghan soil be used as a threat to the security of other nations.

“We call on all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to reduce the level of violence in the country and on the Taliban to not to pursue a spring offensive, so as to avoid further casualties and to create an environment conducive to reaching a negotiated settlement,” the statement indicated.

The delegates of China, Russia, Pakistan, and the US in the joint statement reaffirmed their commitment to protect and safeguard the rights of all Afghans including men, women, children, minorities, and those affected by war.

“We recognize and welcome all international efforts that are underway to facilitate and support a negotiated settlement as soon as possible” the statement read.  

During the opening session of the Moscow summit on the Afghan peace troika, the Russian Foreign Minister said that despite the US-Taliban peace deal, the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and has turned much violent.

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