Washington’s peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, wrapped up a four-day visit to Kabul on Tuesday. Mr Khalilzad is a US-born American diplomat who negotiated before the Trump administration’s peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, which set out the terms and timing of the US withdrawal.
The U.S. embassy in Kabul said in a statement Wednesday that U.S. leaders met with Afghan counterparts in the city this week and “agreed that maintaining political unity is essential during this transition period.”
The HALO Trust, a British charity with a U.S. affiliate registered in Washington, began operating in Afghanistan in 1
The HALO program in Afghanistan, launched months before the withdrawal of the Soviet Army from the country in 1989, involves more than 2,600 local personnel and remains the group’s largest operation in the world. HALO says on its website that it has worked with the Afghan government for the past 30 years to ensure the safety of nearly 80 percent of the country’s registered minefields and battlefields.
However, the group says an area of Afghanistan as large as Chicago has yet to be liberated.
Diana, Princess of Wales, drew attention to the work of HALO in 1997 when she passed through a live minefield in Angola – once home to one of the hottest conflicts of the Cold War in Africa, to highlight the danger of mines around the world. .
Diana’s youngest son, Prince Harry, followed in his footsteps in 2019 during a trip across the continent with his wife Megan, the Duchess of Sussex and their son. At the time, HALO said it had cleared about 100,000 mines in Angola after Diana’s visit.
Najim Rahim reported by Kabul, Afghanistan, and Mike Ives from Hong Kong. Fatima Faizi brought a report from Kabul.