U.S. Embassy Kabul Statement on the Return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

The United States welcomes the Government of National Unity’s steps to fulfill its obligations in implementing the peace agreement it signed with the representatives of Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). Continued, successful progress towards this vital goal was most recently demonstrated by the return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Afghanistan. We consider this step clear evidence of the Afghan Government’s commitment to restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, which will ultimately benefit the Afghan people. It is evident that Afghans overwhelmingly yearn for peace, and this agreement will provide an opportunity to bring Afghans together and ensure the safety and security of all sides. The United States continues to support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process in which armed groups cease violence, break ties with international terrorist groups, and accept the Afghan Constitution, including protections for women and minorities.