November 13, 2020
Statement on the Visit to Turkey by U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Ankara from November 11-13. In meetings with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal, Presidency Special Advisor İbrahim Kalın, and other senior Turkish officials, Ambassador Khalilzad thanked Turkey for its ongoing commitment and long-standing support to the Afghanistan peace process. He also provided an update on the current state of negotiations and recent advancements in discussions between the two parties.
Ambassador Khalilzad and Turkish officials agreed that violence in Afghanistan remains of utmost concern and there is an overwhelming consensus in the international community that all sides must find a path to ending violence permanently, starting with an immediate reduction in violence.
Ambassador Khalilzad and Turkish officials also discussed how Turkey, in concert with others in the international community, can encourage the two sides to accelerate their efforts to negotiate a political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan.
Lastly, Ambassador Khalilzad and Turkish officials discussed the significant regional economic opportunities that are possible following a political settlement in Afghanistan, particularly projects that link Afghanistan and Central Asia to South Asia and beyond.