In the face of major Taliban gains, the US has dispatched Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy for the Afghan peace process, to Qatar. According to The Associated Press, Khalilzad delivered a warning to the Taliban on Tuesday that any government that takes power in Afghanistan by force would not be recognized internationally.
“Ambassador Khalilzad will be in Doha to help formulate a joint international response to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan,” the State Department said in a statement on the envoy’s trip. “He will press the Taliban to stop their military offensive and to negotiate a political settlement, which is the only path to stability and development in Afghanistan.”
Senior Afghan officials and Pakistan’s National Security advisor Moeed Yusuf, have also traveled to Doha in an effort to jumpstart peace talks, and the Taliban maintain a political office in the city.
Khalilzad recognizes the leverage the Taliban will have over the US-backed government in negotiations. Last week, the US envoy said the Taliban wants the “lion’s share” of the power in any future government due to the military advantage it has. “It’s just a struggle for a balance of power, dispensation of power between various factions,” Khalilzad said.
In an interview with AP in July, a Taliban spokesman said the group would not seek the “monopoly of power” in a future government and called for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to step down.
The Taliban have been rolling through provincial capitals, capturing eight in just five days. The US has stepped up airstrikes in response to the offensive, but it doesn’t seem to be doing much to slow the Taliban down. Biden officials have signaled that the Taliban gains will not impact the president’s decision to complete the withdrawal by August 31st.
3 thoughts on “US Envoy Deployed to Negotiate an End to Taliban Offensive”
See how the US considers itself entitled to govern Afghanistan? Doing so has just become too costly to maintain. All that is deteriorating is American arrogance, better late than never.
This is satire in the extreme coming from the US. The US routinely conducts regime change by force and demands the world recognize the new US puppet government.
Also, the US does not speak for the world and the most powerful countries are already working with the Taliban assuming they will be in control soon.
No, they do want the “lion’s share” of power. They want 100% of power and complete destruction of any US controlled Afghan government.
The US should worry less about doling out air strikes and more about getting its people off the roof of their embassy.
Rev up the choppers boys, you got one last mission.
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