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Khalilzad: US Will Safeguard Afghan People’s Interest in Talks

Khalilzad: US Will Safeguard  Afghan People’s Interest in Talks

DOHA - Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan peace, in an interview with TOLOnews on the sidelines of the  Afghan peace talks in Doha on Saturday said the United States will not allow personal interests to take precedence over national interests in the talks.
Asked about the possibility of a breakdown in the Afghan talks, Khalilzad said it would not be acceptable to the United States and that a solution to the Afghan crisis must be found.
“It is not acceptable and there is a solution to every problem, and a solution must be found. We are ready to help if the country's interests come first and personal interests do not come first. I am confident that a solution will be found, and we will not allow personal interests to take precedence, and this is the promise of the United States to the people of Afghanistan,” Khalilzad said.
According to Khalilzad, there are some  people inside Afghanistan who prefer the current situation to a peace with the Taliban and want to keep the United States engaged in the war so the US can pay the price. For this reason, he said, some are supporting the regional rivalries in Afghanistan.
“Some prefer the current situation rather than peace with the Taliban. For instance, within Afghanistan there are some who are trying to keep the US engaged in the war,” Khalilzad added.

Also, Khalilzad explained US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks at the opening ceremony as meaning that the Afghans' decision would influence the US . “We don’t want to impose a system (govt)," said Khalilzad. (TOLO NEWS)