Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Visits Tajikistan

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan, May 5, 2021 – Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad led a U.S. delegation to Tajikistan, May 3-5, to meet with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sirojiddin Muhriddin, and Chairman of the State Committee for National Security Colonel-General Saymumin Yatimov, among others.

During his meetings, Special Representative Khalilzad thanked Tajik authorities for their support of the Afghanistan peace process.  Special Representative Khalilzad noted that, “We continue our diplomatic support for the peace process and urge all regional and international stakeholders to remain focused on helping Afghans secure a political settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.”  Ambassador Khalilzad also stressed that progress in the peace process will help accelerate the development of regional economies, saying, “A lasting peace in Afghanistan will promote economic growth in Central Asia, as opportunities for trade and economic integration increase.  The United States continues to provide substantial security and development assistance to Afghanistan and Tajikistan to achieve this outcome, and we share a common goal.”