Khalilzad discusses ‘transitional period’ as an option: Sources claim

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has reportedly discussed the formation of a transitional period in Afghanistan in order to move towards a future political structure.

This was reportedly discussed during his recent meetings with prominent Afghan political leaders in Kabul.

According to sources, Khalilzad has stated that the formation of a transitional period is crucial for the restoration of peace in the country.

Sources familiar with the Afghan peace process said that Khalilzad has discussed a number of options with Afghan leaders including an international summit that includes Afghan and Taliban leaders and representatives from foreign countries including Iran and Pakistan.

He also reportedly suggested that the UN mediate the summit.

Zabiullah Fitrat, a spokesman for the Chief Executive of Jamiat Party Atta Mohammad Noor stated: “The resumption of peace negotiations, the political consensus among the Afghan leaders and prominent figures in Afghanistan, as well as tackling the current situation and ceasefire was discussed.”

Meanwhile, the Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib said Tuesday that any plan for the establishment of a transitional period or a participatory government must ensure peace in Afghanistan.

“We want a guarantee for peace and stability. Any plan that comes up must ensure peace and both the international community and the Taliban must guarantee the people of Afghanistan in advance,” Mohib said.

“Peace needs to be discussed, we are discussing different alternatives but the Taliban are busy in conflict. We urge the Taliban to together with us maintain stability in Afghanistan,” he stated.