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US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Khalilzad resigns

Special Representative for Afghanistan resigns. Thomas West to replace Zalmay Khalilzad.

Where: United States

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On October 18th, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, was stepping down from his role.

Under the Trump administration, Zalmay Khalilzad negotiated and signed the Doha Agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 for US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

According to Blinken, Deputy Special Representative Thomas West will replace Khalilzad as the Special Representative for Afghanistan.

Special Representative West will coordinate with the US Embassy Kabul (currently in Doha, Qatar) on American interests regarding Afghanistan.

Blinken stated, “I thank Ambassador Khalilzad for his service and welcome Special Representative West to the role.”

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