Khalilzad’s Mission as US Peace Envoy Extended; US to review deal with the Taliban

Sullivan expressed America’s desire that all Afghan leaders embrace this historic opportunity for peace and stability.

The United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with his Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib regarding the US commitment to the US-Afghan partnership and to peace for all the people of Afghanistan, according to a statement by US National Security Council.

Sullivan underscored that the US will support the peace process with a robust and regional diplomatic effort, which will aim to help the two sides achieve a durable and just political settlement and permanent ceasefire.

Sullivan also made clear the United States’ intention to review the February 2020 US-Taliban agreement, including to assess whether the Taliban was living up to its commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders, the statement said.

He expressed America’s desire that all Afghan leaders embrace this historic opportunity for peace and stability.

The national security advisors discussed the United States’ support for protecting the extraordinary gains made by Afghan women, girls, and minority groups as part of the peace process, the statement read.

Sullivan committed to consulting closely with the Government of Afghanistan, NATO allies, and regional partners regarding a collective strategy to support a stable, sovereign, and secure future for Afghanistan, the statement added.

Referring to his phone call with US national security advisor, Mohib said, “I reaffirmed that Afghanistan remains committed to our foundational partnership with the United States and we will work closely together on security, peace, counter-terrorism and regional engagement.”

Mohiib added that Mr. Sullivan affirmed that the partnership with the Government of Afghanistan and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces remains a priority and a key to US national security objectives.

“We will continue close consultations in the days and weeks ahead,” he said. “We agreed to work toward a permanent ceasefire and a just and durable peace in a democratic Afghanistan capable of preserving the gains of the past two decades, protecting the rights of all Afghans, and continuing the reforms.”

This comes as efforts are underway in Doha to find a political settlement for the ongoing conflicts in the country. But the process has been slow recently as the peace negotiators have not held any meetings over the last 10 days.

Khalilzad’s Mission as US Peace Envoy Extended; US to review deal with the Taliban