US ambassador denies advocating interim government in Afghanistan

Days after multiple media reports on the formation of an interim government, United States Charge d Affairs in Afghanistan Ross Wilson on Wednesday denied “advocating” the interim government formation in the war-torn nation

Jan 13, 2021
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Days after multiple media reports on the formation of an interim government, United States Charge d Affairs in Afghanistan Ross Wilson on Wednesday denied “advocating” the interim government formation in the war-torn nation.

“We have not advocated, and the United States is not advocating, an interim government,” Wilson said in a tweet. He further added, “The outcomes of the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations are up to Afghans & we believe those outcomes should reflect the wishes and aspirations of the Afghan people.”

The denial comes after several close aides of prominent Afghan leaders confirmed, on record, that US Special Representatives of Afghan Reconciliation did suggest the formation of an interim government amid the ongoing Intra-Afghan talks in Doha, Qatar.

Though Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vehemently rejected any such move. He reportedly denied meeting Khalilzad during his last visit to Afghanistan for the very same reason.

Wilson said he and Ambassador Khalilzad talked to Afghan leaders about the “need to accelerate the talks in Doha”. He added, “The United States remain firms in its call for immediate reduction of violence and ceasefire.”

He also reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to bringing an end to the conflict in Afghanistan. 

Khalilzad had met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Adviser Hamidullah Mohib, and Foreign Minister Hanif Atmer during his last visit to Afghanistan.  

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