Washington’s peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, completed a four-day go to to Kabul on Tuesday. Mr. Khalilzad is an Afghan-born American diplomat who led negotiations forward of the Trump administration’s February 2020 peace cope with the Taliban, which laid out the circumstances and timeline for the American withdrawal.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that American leaders met their Afghan counterparts within the metropolis this week and “agreed that sustaining political unity was important throughout this era of transition.”
The HALO Belief, a British charity with an American affiliate registered in Washington, started working in Afghanistan in 1988. Its discipline groups clear land mines, eliminate unexploded ordnance present in bombs and bullets, and construct services to retailer weapons and different weapons safely. The group has packages in 26 international locations and territories, together with in Iraq, the place it started working in 2018.
The HALO program in Afghanistan, which began months earlier than the Soviet Military pulled in a foreign country in 1989, employs greater than 2,600 native employees members and stays the group’s largest operation on the planet. HALO says on its web site that over the previous 30 years, it has labored with the Afghan authorities to make almost 80 % of the nation’s recorded minefields and battlefields secure.
Nonetheless, the group says, an space of Afghanistan as massive as Chicago nonetheless must be cleared.
Diana, Princess of Wales, referred to as consideration to HALO’s work in 1997, when she walked by means of a reside minefield in Angola — as soon as house to some of the heated Chilly Conflict conflicts in Africa — to focus on the hazard of mines around the globe.
Diana’s youngest son, Prince Harry, retraced her steps in 2019 throughout a visit by means of the continent together with his spouse, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their son. HALO mentioned on the time that it had cleared about 100,000 mines in Angola since Diana’s go to.
Najim Rahim reported from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Mike Ives from Hong Kong. Fatima Faizi contributed reporting from Kabul.