Khalilzad wrote in his Oct. 18 resignation letter that he determined to step down as a result of “we’re coming into a brand new section in our Afghanistan coverage.” He reiterated that reasoning to CBS Information.
“I used to be requested by the previous president to barter our withdrawal from Afghanistan and get commitments from the Taliban. … That has been achieved. We’re out. Our longest conflict is over,” stated Khalilzad, who was tapped in 2018 by then-President Donald Trump to barter the withdrawal.
Nonetheless, even whereas defending the deal to withdraw, Khalilzad remained skeptical of the Taliban. Relating to the destiny of girls in Afghanistan, the previous ambassador stated the U.S. ought to hold stress on the Taliban, together with by freezing property, till assurances are given, like reopening colleges for women.
Khalilzad additionally stated the Taliban informed him they do not know the whereabouts of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the chief of al Qaeda. Requested if he believed that, Khalilzad stated, “I did not.”
“There’s a lack of belief between us and them,” he stated.