Four days after leaving Kabul, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad held talks with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kalimov and discussed the Afghan peace process.
“We discussed critical role region plays in achieving and sustaining peace, and in accelerated regional integration afterwards,” Khalilzad said in a tweet on Friday.
He said that he thanked Uzbekistan leader for support of the Afghan peace process and offer to host intra-Afghan dialogue in the future.
The offer was made by an Uzbekistan delegation led by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kalimov in a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul late in March.
Khalilzad also met with Afghan students in Uzbekistan who, Khalilzad said, were “thoughtful, hardworking, and well informed”.
“These young Afghans living abroad also yearn deeply for peace and a brighter future for Afghanistan,” he said.
Khalilzad left Kabul following “productive talks” with President Ghani on accelerating a settlement process, reducing violence across Afghanistan, and supporting Afghan security forces if violence continues, the US Embassy said in a statement on April 7.
The US special envoy, who visited Kabul in a multi-nation visit on Afghan peace, also met with representatives of the civil society, women, youth as well as tribal elders to discuss the way forward to a peaceful Afghanistan.