US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, wrapped up his first visit on Tuesday to Afghanistan as Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation after meeting with a wide range of stakeholders.
According to a statement issued by the US Embassy in Kabul, Khalilzad met with stakeholders in and outside of government.
He met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah, as well as representatives of a variety of political groups, key civil society organizations including the High Peace Council, and Afghan media.
“He received a Security Campaign Update briefing and discussed security issues with National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, the Ministers of Defense and Interior, and the head of the National Security Directorate,” the statement read.
In his meetings, Khalilzad asked for cooperation from all sides to bring an end to the conflict and called on the parties to facilitate dialogue by forming inclusive negotiating teams.
Recalling the sacrifices of the Afghan people over many years of war, Khalilzad said: “We, in cooperation with the Afghan people and government, want to make a peaceful Afghanistan where all Afghans see themselves included.
“All citizens of Afghanistan must be a part of the reconciliation process.”
On Tuesday, Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad for meetings with Pakistani officials.
According to the embassy’s statements, Khalilzad plans to return to Kabul for further consultations with Afghan leaders in the near future.