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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Afghanistan High Commission for National Reconciliation Chair Abdullah Abdullah

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Afghanistan High Commission for National Reconciliation Chair Abdullah Abdullah today in Kabul.  Secretary Blinken and Dr. Abdullah discussed the importance of continuing to work toward a negotiated political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.  Secretary Blinken reiterated the U.S. commitment to the peace process and that we will use our full diplomatic, ...
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani today in Kabul to affirm the United States’ continued commitment to Afghanistan.  Secretary Blinken made clear that the United States stands with Afghanistan and its people in support of a peaceful and prosperous future.  Secretary Blinken and President Ghani discussed our shared investment in Afghanistan and the importance of ...
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Statement on the Visit of Special Representative Khalilzad to Kabul

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad completed a productive four-day visit to Kabul. He met with government and political leaders, civil society activists, and the diplomatic community to discuss preparations for the upcoming Istanbul conference.  In each engagement, Ambassador Khalilzad underscored why it was important both sides accelerate​ the peace process.  He also re-affirmed the United States’ enduring partnership with ...
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On the Anniversary of the April 6, 2013, Attack

Today, we honor the memory of six lives taken eight years ago in Qalat, Zabul province.  Foreign Service officer Anne Smedinghoff, 25; Staff Sgt Christopher Ward, 24; Specialist Wilbel Robles, 25; Specialist Delfin Santos, 24; an Afghan-American interpreter and an Afghan doctor whose respective families requested their names be kept private. The team was on ...
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Remarks at Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process

Derek H. Chollet, Counselor Virtual Ministerial Conference As delivered Good afternoon, on behalf of Secretary of State Blinken, I want to thank President Rahmon and President Ghani, Foreign Minister Muhriddin and Foreign Minister Atmar, and all Heart of Asia Participating Countries, Supporting Countries, and Supporting Organizations for your engagement today. This year’s Heart of Asia-Istanbul ...
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