Khalilzad has stepped down as US envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation: State Secretary

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Zalmay Khalilzad has stepped down as the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken said.

“As Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad steps down from his role, I extend my gratitude for his decades of service to the American people,” the State Secretary said.

Blinken furrther added that Thomas West, who previously served as the Deputy Special Representative, will be the Special Representative for Afghanistan.  

“Special Representative West, who served on then-Vice President Biden’s national security team and on the National Security Council staff, will lead diplomatic efforts, advise the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, and coordinate closely with the U.S. Embassy Kabul presence in Doha on America’s interests in Afghanistan,” he said.

Secretary Blinken also added that “I thank Ambassador Khalilzad for his service and welcome Special Representative West to the role.”

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