Top U.S. commander reaffirms support to Afghan forces, people amid peace efforts

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller reaffirmed support to Afghan armed forces and the Afghan people amid ongoing efforts to find a negotiated settlement to end the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

“As you know peace is something that all Afghans care about and as we move forward, that is a process and a journey, also believe it is word of the people that peace comes to Afghanistan and certainly our relationship with Afghanistan which has been longstanding, would be part of that process,” Gen. Miller who is also in command of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, told reporters in Kabul earlier today.

Gen. Miller further added “I think it is a political process and a discussion that goes forward here, we are here with your security forces, with the Afghan people, and we will continue to work our way forward with that.”

This comes as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has so far participated in six rounds of talks with the Taliban political representatives in Qatari capital of Doha, with ceasefire and reduction in violence remaining the top issue in the agenda of the talks.

In the meantime, Gen. Miller told reporters that he has participated in Doha peace talks with primary focus being a reduction in violence.

Gen. Miller one again emphasized on revival of intra-Afghan dialogue, calling it an important move for peace process.

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