NATO to support US efforts for Afghan peace

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US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Thursday, 13 July 2006. Khalilzad discussed the current status of the situation in Iraq.

NATO to support US efforts for Afghan peace


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After meeting with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the Western alliance’s support for the American effort to bring a negotiated peace to the war-torn Central Asia nation.

Khalilzad’s visit was his fifth visit to NATO Headquarters since 2018, which have been part of his continued consultations with the 29 members of NATO regarding the ongoing Afghan peace process.

The Afghan-born Khalilzad has held six rounds of direct talks with the warring factions in Afghanistan, including with the Islamist militant group, the Taliban, since the process began last autumn in a bid to bring an end to what has now become the longest US overseas military intervention.

Nearly 3,500 NATO troops from 24 of the alliance’s 29 members have been killed since hostilities first began shortly after 11 September 2001.

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