Top US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad Steps Down

Kabul – Joe Biden administration announced that Zalmay Khalilzad’s resignation, the top envoy of the United States for peace in Afghanistan has been approved.

On Tuesday, October 19, the Department of State Minister, Antony Blinken, said that from now on the deputy of Zalmay Khalilzad, Tom West, will work as a special envoy for peace in Afghanistan instead.

Earlier, the US media had received a letter in which Zalmay Khalilzad had demanded his dismissal.

Zalmay Khalilzad had said in his letter that the peace process did not go according to the plan between the former government and the Taliban due to a complex situation.

Currently, Zalmay Khalilzad is 70 years old who has earlier worked as an ambassador for the US in Iraq and the United Nations.

He was appointed as a top envoy for peace in Afghanistan by Donald Trump in September 2018.

Khalilzad had a role in the collapse of the former Taliban’s government who finally ran the peace process in Doha which again the Taliban seized the power in Afghanistan.

When Biden became the US president, he also decided to keep his post as special envoy.

Most of the US officials and its citizens believe that Khalilzad has run the peace process with the Taliban in a prompt way to exit the US troops without attention to the fate of Afghans.

The majority of Afghans blame Khalilzad for the collapse of the Republic System, and the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan again.