Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani’s exit scuttled Taliban power sharing chance – US envoy

Zalmay Khalilzad says militants agreed not to enter Kabul and to discuss future government before president’s swift departure

The US negotiator on Afghanistan has said that President Ashraf Ghani’s abrupt exit scuttled a deal for the Taliban to hold off entering Kabul and negotiate a political transition.

In his first interview since the collapse of the 20-year western-backed government, Zalmay Khalilzad, who brokered a 2020 deal with the Taliban to withdraw US troops, told the Financial Times that the insurgents had agreed to stay outside the capital for two weeks and shape a future government.

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