Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Statement on Meeting with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Leader of Hizb-e Islami

Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens met on September 26 with Hizb-e Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.  Ambassador Llorens reiterated the U.S. government’s support for the success and continuing implementation of the historic peace agreement between the National Unity Government and Hizb-e Islami, and he emphasized the critical need for a broad, inclusive peace process led by the Afghan government and Afghan people.

Ambassador Llorens welcomed Hekmatyar’s stated commitment to peace and democracy and emphasized the importance of respect for human rights, constitutional norms, and freedom of expression in maintaining stability and achieving peace.

The two agreed that credible, inclusive, and transparent elections are crucial to achieving the shared objective of peace and prosperity for Afghans of all regions and ethnicities.