US envoy Khalilzad briefs Afghan President Ghani on talks with Taliban

January 28, 2019

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A statement issued by the Afghan president's office quotes US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad saying that there was no progress on issue of ceasefire with Taliban or regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops. ─ AP/File
A statement issued by the Afghan president's office quotes US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad saying that there was no progress on issue of ceasefire with Taliban or regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops. ─ AP/File

The Afghan president's office said United States peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials.

Monday's statement quotes Khalilzad as saying he held talks about a ceasefire with the Taliban but that there was no progress yet on that issue.

The statement also claims the Taliban demanded from Khalilzad the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan, but that there was no agreement on that.

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There was no immediate comment from Khalilzad or the US Embassy.

The statement appeared directed at toning down last week's remarks by Khalilzad reporting "significant progress" in talks with the Taliban.

It also says Ghani thanked Khalilzad and praised US efforts to restart negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.