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US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 10:27:47-04

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington’s envoy to Afghanistan emphasized the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles in the U.S. and the region.

Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday was wrapping up a week-long trip that included stops in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the Gulf state of Qatar, where Taliban negotiators are headquartered.

Accompanying Khalilzad for the first time was an economic development team led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler.

Khalilzad suggested joint economic projects involving Qatar and Pakistan, possibly on infrastructure and trade.