Iran not supportive of Afghan peace process, says US envoy

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, blamed Iran for failing to adequately help the Afghan peace process. On Friday, Washington sent Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad to Afghanistan to push for peace talks between the government and Taliban militants, with a diplomat expected to visit Kabul on a five-nation tour.

“Iran has not been as supportive as it should be in the effort to get to Intra-Afghan negotiations and an Afghan settlement largely due to our relations with them. We have worked hard with India and Pakistan to support the Afghan Peace Process,” Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said while speaking at a virtual event organised by the US Institute of Peace on Friday.

Sharing a broad overview of the US-Taliban deal, Khalilzad added: “The main elements are the fight against terrorism, the withdrawal of US forces, the launch of intra-Afghan talks and a congregational ceasefire.” The key roadblocks to the peace process were the release of some prisoners by the Afghan government and the immediate reduction of violence.