US Department of Defense
President Trump’s negotiator for Afghanistan has returned to the country to resume peace talks.
According to The Hill:
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration’s negotiator for peace talks in Afghanistan, is traveling to the region as the White House seeks to restart negotiations with the Taliban.
The State Department announced Wednesday that Khalilzad departed Tuesday for his first trip to the region since President Trump announced he would revive discussions with the Taliban after declaring them “dead” earlier this year.
Khalilzad will meet with Afghan government representatives and other Afghan leaders in Kabul to discuss “how best to support accelerated efforts to get all parties to intra-Afghan negotiations,” the State Department said in a statement. He will also meet with Taliban officials in their bureau in Doha, Qatar to discuss steps to help reduce violence in Afghanistan that could ultimately lead to a cease-fire there.
The trip comes after a surprise trip by Trump to Afghanistan in which he announced that he would restart peace talks with the Taliban and that he’d like to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 8,600 from just under 14,000.
President Trump signaled that the Taliban want to make a deal and this is the step in the right director for President Trump to end America’s longest war.