U.S. Pledges to Include Afghan Women in Peace Talks

After a week of marathon talks in Doha among Afghans, the U.S. Special Envoy for Reconciliation to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, reassured that the U.S. is not “running and cutting” from Afghanistan. Mr. Khalilzad was speaking to an audience at Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security at Georgetown University, via a video link from Qatar. Mr. Khalilzad mentioned that the U.S. wants to leave a “very positive legacy” in Afghanistan. He also assured the audience that “women will be at the table. They were present for the conference and we will make sure they have a seat or several seats at the negotiating table.” He emphasized that “any successful society needs to empower its women. There has to be equality before the law for all citizens. My commitment to them remains that they will have a place at the negotiating table.” Mr. Khalilzad also stated that, “we (U.S.) look forward to a long term relationship of friendship and partnership with Afghanistan. We would like to leave a very positive legacy here. We are not cutting and running. We are not looking for a withdrawal agreement. We are looking for a peace agreement. And we are looking for a long term […]

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