Kabul Process to serve as platform to support Afghan efforts: US

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WASHINGTON: The upcoming Kabul Process will serve as a platform for the international community to support Afghanistan in achieving peace and reconciliation, the Trump administration has said.

The Kabul Process, which was first held in 2017, is an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process aimed at establishing peace, security and stability in the war-torn country. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells travelled to Kabul this week to meet Afghan officials ahead of the Kabul Process conference scheduled to be held on February 28.

“She met with several top Afghan officials, including Mohammad Ashraf, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, as well as with prominent Afghan political, business, and media representatives, to highlight the longstanding US-Afghan partnership,” said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert.

“We look forward to that process because we see it as a way to reiterate the US commitment toward the Kabul process to bring together so many of our international partners who are going to have some candid discussions, we believe, on a range of issues, from peace to development to humanitarian aid and other issues,” Nauert said.

Wells also met with US Forces Afghanistan Commander General John William Nicholson Jr and US Special Representative for the Secretary General for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto to discuss the ongoing US and international community support to the country. —AP

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