US Envoy to Afghanistan Resigns Less Than 2 Months After Withdrawal

The chief U.S. envoy to the Taliban is stepping down from his role, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Monday. U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad tendered his resignation on Monday in a letter sent to Blinken. He will be replaced by Thomas West, who previously served as the deputy special representative. “As Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad steps down from his role, I extend my gratitude for his decades of service to the American people,” Blinken said in a statement. “ Special Representative West, who served on then-Vice President Biden’s national security team and on the National Security Council staff, will lead diplomatic efforts, advise the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, and coordinate closely with the U.S. Embassy Kabul presence in Doha on America’s interests in Afghanistan,” Blinken said. The secretary did not state a reason for Khalilzad’s decision to leave his post. Khalilzad’s …

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