US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad To Confirm Over Taliban Peace Plan

by Chandrani Sarkar September 19, 2019

The United States Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has negotiated with the Taliban, will render evidence behind the closed doors to Congress today, 12-days after the United States President Donald Trump has suddenly ended a discussion with the Afghan Militants.

The House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee has issued a subpoena to force Mr. Khalilzad to appear after it alleged about being kept in the dark over the negotiating process.

On Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel has said in a statement that “we have reached an accommodation… to hear from Ambassador Khalilzad in a classified briefing,” adding the subpoena had been withdrawn.

He continued, “While I would have preferred to hear from Ambassador Khalilzad in an open setting, I’m glad our members will have this long-overdue opportunity to press for answers on the peace plan.”

On September 7, President Trump has said that he has called off “peace negotiations” with the Taliban and revealed that he has scheduled but delayed talks with the Islamist Militants at his Camp David Presidential Retreat.

Zalmay Khalilzad has held nine rounds of discussion with the Taliban in Qatar, Doha, has said that the little in public about the negotiations.

Later, Mr. Khalilzad said that he had reached a deal in principle with Taliban, in which the United States would pull out US troops and the militants would promise to break with Al-Qaeda.

The US President has been desperate to end the longest war, started 18-years-ago after the September 11’s attack on America.

However, President Trump has charged the Taliban of bad faith for introducing an attack in Kabul, which took life of an American soldier, and others, on the evening of the Camp David discussion.

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