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Zalmay Khalilzad, Trump envoy, keeps door open to new Afghanistan peace talks


Added 09-19-19 10:35:01pm EST - “President Trump has declared peace talks with Taliban militants in Afghanistan in America's longest war were "dead" earlier this month, but his top negotiator and a senior State Department official Thursday hinted there is a chance…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Trump envoy keeps door open to new Afghanistan peace talks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump has declared peace talks with Taliban militants in Afghanistan in America’s longest war were “dead” earlier this month, but his top negotiator and a senior State Department official Thursday hinted there is a chance they can be revived.

Veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, who led nearly a year of talks with the Taliban on a peace settlement, gave a classified briefing to members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday, leaving at least one lawmaker believing there was room for more diplomacy.

“My personal opinion is that they will resume,” Rep. Ted Yoho, Florida Republican, said in an interview after the classified briefing with Mr. Khalilzad.

The session was believed to be Mr. Khalilzad’s first extensive description to lawmakers of the course of the Taliban talks, the deal “in principle” announced at the beginning of September, and the sequence of events where Mr. Trump first planned and then called off a secret Camp David summit with Taliban leaders and the president of the U.S.-backed Afghan government in Kabul intended to seal the agreement.

In a later open hearing, acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells told the House panel the U.S.-Taliban talks had “broken new ground in this last round of negotiations that took place,” and also hinted the Trump administration has not ruled out a return to the bargaining table.

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