New US Special Envoy on Afghanistan’s Appointment Welcomed by the Taliban

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Kahar Balkki has welcomed the appointment of Thomas West as the US Special Presidential Representative on Afghanistan on behalf of the Taliban movement, praising at the same time the outcome of talks with the departing envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

Balkhi tweeted on Tuesday that the Taliban look forward to working with the new Special Representative Thomas West, stressing that the full implementation of the Doha agreement will normalize the relations between the governments of Afghanistan and the United States.

Taliban’s opposition, the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, on the other hand, reiterated their accusations against Khalilzad of conspiring with the radical movement, underscoring that Biden administration must thoroughly investigate the “clandestine deals between Khalilzad and the Taliban criminal syndicate”.

The Front claims that Khalilzad he betrayed both Afghanistan and the US in the last three years, legalizing the Taliban providing the terror group with too many concessions without gaining anything in exchange.

In his resignation letter, Khalilzad allegedly admitted to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the political arrangement between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Kabul “did not go forward as envisaged”.

Meanwhile, the State Department’s acting IGl Diana Shaw announced on Monday she would launch a series of investigations into the pullout from Afghanistan, focusing on the SIV program, the chaotic evacuation from the US Embassy in Kabul and the processing of Afghans refugees.

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