If the Taliban do not make peace, the US will stand by to defend the Republic; Khalilzad

8Subh; Kabul: Zalmai Khalilzad, the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, has urged the government and the Taliban to seize the opportunity for peace and end the 40-year war in the country.

In a series of tweets, Khalilzad stressed that if the Taliban did not choose peace and a future based on understanding and consensus, the United States would stand by the Afghans to defend the republic.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan has also emphasized the need to maintain unity in the republic.

Khalilzad announced the results of his trips to Doha, Tashkent, Kabul and Berlin in this series of tweets, which he published on Friday night, May 7th.

Khalilzad said his visit to the region was aimed at building a regional consensus.

According to him, a unique international consensus for peace has been formed, which is rooted in supporting the agreement through negotiation, ending violence and rejecting any attempt to impose a military solution.

He called on the parties involved to seize the opportunity to negotiate an end to the country’s 40-year war and reach a political settlement.

Zalmai Khalilzad says the international consensus is not about peace, but that as Afghanistan enters a new phase, the world will continue to stand firm in support of Afghanistan.

Khalilzad met with his European counterparts in Berlin.

The outcome of the meeting was announced in a statement. The statement supported the ongoing peace process and condemned the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.