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Khalilzad Prioritizes Election Over Peace Talks

(Last Updated On: May 19, 2019)

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S Special Envoy for Afghan peace stressed in an online post on late Friday that despite efforts for peace, preparation should be taken for holding the upcoming presidential elections.

Replying to the questions asked by some commentators regarding America’s priorities in Afghanistan, Mr. Khalilzad wrote in a tweet that “a peace process that delivers a political settlement is the priority”.

“But wanting peace does not preclude Afghans from demanding preparations for a credible presidential election. Election planning must go forward as we pursue the peace Afghans deserve,” he added.

At the same time, some of the presidential election candidates believe that the peace process is time-consuming; therefore, they insist on holding the timely elections.

“Both [peace and election] should happen, but considering the issue that the election management is at the hand of Afghans, we better go for the election,” said Faramarz Tamana, a presidential election candidate.

Moreover, Shahab Hakimi, another presidential candidate, said that peace is quite important but we can never ignore the election.

Additionally, Afghan citizens believe that going for the election is for the interest of the country.

“We want the presidential election to be held as scheduled since it is the only key to solve our problems,” said Shukria, a Kabul citizen.

The presidential election is supposed to be held on September 28 where 18 candidates will be competing against each other.

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