US not advocating interim govt, says Wilson

KABUL (Pajhwok): US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson on Wednesday said the US was not advocating an interim government and the outcomes of the Afghan Peace negotiations should reflect the wishes and aspirations of the Afghan people.

On his twitter Wilson wrote: “We have not advocated, and the United States is not advocating, an interim government. The outcomes of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations are up to Afghans & we believe those outcomes should reflect the wishes & aspirations of the Afghan people.” Wilson renewed US commitment to bringing about an end to conflict in Afghanistan through a political settlement that ensures Afghanistan remains sovereign, unified & democratic, is at peace with itself and its neighbors & can preserve gains made over the last 19 years.

The first phase of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha constituted an important step forward, but much remains to be done. The United States remains firm in its call for an immediate reduction of violence and ceasefire, he added. Ambassador Khalilzad and I have talked and will continue to talk with Afghans about the need to accelerate the talks in Doha & solicited from those we have met their ideas, as well as their concerns.