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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:23 PM

U.S. envoy 'disappointed' by collapse of inter-Afghan peace meeting

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS APRIL 19, 2019 / 2:08 AM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO

U.S. envoy 'disappointed' by collapse of inter-Afghan peace meeting

KABUL (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts to end the war.

A 250-strong delegation of Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been due to meet Taliban officials in Doha at the weekend.

But the event was abruptly canceled on Thursday amid arguments over the size and status of the group, which included some government officials attending in a personal capacity.

Im disappointed Qatars intra-Afghan initiative has been delayed, Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation, said on Twitter. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans.

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