US envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad resigns

Kabul-ALsharqiya October 19: The US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, resigned from his position in a move that comes after several months of diplomatic efforts failed to prevent the Taliban movement from seizing power in his home country. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a brief statement that the deputy US envoy to Afghanistan, Thomas West, will succeed Zalmay Khalilzad in his post. In the letter of resignation he sent to Blinken, Khalilzad defended his efforts and at the same time acknowledged the failure of these efforts, stressing that he wants to step down during this new phase of US policy toward Afghanistan. He added that the political agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement did not go as planned.


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