Zalmay Khalilzad meets Taliban leader Mullah Baradar


US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had a meeting with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Both leaders discussed about next steps after the historic peace deal between the US and Afghan Taliban.

US President Donald Trump also called Mullah Baradar to discuss future plans after peace deal. According to a foreign news agency, US President Trump telephoned Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s chief negotiator.

According to the news agency, the telephonic conversation between the US president and the Taliban leader was first reported by a Taliban spokesman via Twitter, but was later confirmed by the US president.

The telephonic contact between the US President and the Taliban leader occurred three days after the US-Afghan peace deal in Doha.

According to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the US president and Taliban leader talked for about 35 minutes, in which Mullah Baradar said it was the Afghans’ right to implement all points of the agreement as soon as possible, thereby establishing peace in Afghanistan.

According to Zabihullah Mujahid, President Trump said that he would soon ask US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to speak to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani so that the obstacles to intra-Afghan talks could be overcome.

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