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U.S Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad Is More Likely to Remain with Biden’s Administration

U.S Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad Is More Likely to Remain with Biden’s Administration

WASHINGTON - US foreign policy experts close to Joe Biden suggested for him to keep Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S peace envoy for Afghanistan in the new team in order to take advantage of his experience and contacts with both the Taliban and Afghan officials, Foreign Policy reported.
Biden’s top foreign-policy advisors, including Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, and Michèle Flournoy, are said to be open to considering a possible extension for Khalilzad but are by no means committed.
“I think there are scenarios in which the new administration may seek to build on what Zal has done, and there are scenarios in which they may opt for something different,” one former U.S. official said. “If there is progress over the next few months and Zal is in a good position to continue that progress, I can certainly see a scenario where they would ask him to stay for some period of time. But I don’t think anyone should expect they are indispensable in a circumstance like this.”
This comes as that Donald Trump has recently ordered the acceleration of the U.S troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, however, this decision has rattled NATO allies.
The NATO chief, Jens Stoltenberg said in a tweet that NATO will continue its support to Afghanistan, despite the US troops reduction.
“Even with the US reduction, NATO will continue to train, advise & assist the Afghan forces in their fight against international terrorism”, said Stoltenberg. (Khaama Press)