U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, leading the USG effort to facilitate dialogue and negotiations that will bring peace to Afghanistan.

Washington, DC
Joined November 2018
1/4 We are committed to the Afghan people & are steadfast in our work to help address Afghanistan’s economic crisis. @USAID’s combined announcement of $150M will help address food insecurity, keep Afghan children in school, and empower women & girls.
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2/4 The U.S. announcement of $80M to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization will help alleviate food insecurity in Afghanistan, including for women-headed households & smallholder farmers.
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3/4 Our $40M agreement with @UNICEF will support Afghan children, particularly adolescent girls, to realize their right to education.
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4/4 Finally, $30M will aid @UN_Women in its efforts to increase women & girls’ access to social protection services and support women-led civil society organizations. Afghan people in need will not face these issues alone. usaid.gov/news-information/f…
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Deeply saddened by reports of an explosion at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium during a cricket match today. Our thoughts are with the injured. Violence serves no purpose and is not the answer for the people of Afghanistan.
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Today, @SE_AfghanWGH Rina Amiri and I joined a range of Afghanistan envoys for a conference in Tashkent to discuss the way ahead at a difficult moment for millions of Afghans. I am grateful to our Uzbek hosts for their initiative and hospitality.
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While tools and perspectives differed, I found some important areas of continuing consensus among envoys present regarding enduring international priorities in Afghanistan.
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All were concerned about the continuing economic and humanitarian crisis. The United States is the world’s leading contributor of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
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We will also continue to work with IFIs to support Afghans’ basic needs - in health, education, nutrition, and livelihoods. It is in the region and the world’s interest to stay focused on Afghanistan’s economic stabilization.
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That includes engaging Afghan technocrats and the Taliban to encourage steps that enhance the country’s macroeconomic stability.
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Almost every representative called on the Taliban to allow girls to return to secondary school. This indefensible ban must end.
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Many colleagues also raised grave concerns regarding human rights abuses, including restrictions on journalists and women’s ability to contribute to the country’s economic growth.
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In the wake of multiple terrorist attacks against Afghanistan’s neighbors in recent weeks, I heard colleagues acknowledge the Taliban’s active operational efforts against ISIS-K & express deep concern on the con't presence of al Qa’ida, TTP, & other terrorists in Afghanistan.
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I joined several representatives in lamenting the lack of any serious national political process involving the Afghan people.
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No foreign country should hand-pick leaders or impose a process on Afghans, but the United States stands ready to join partners in supporting dialogue among Afghans regarding a brighter and more inclusive future for their children.
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Tomorrow, a senior U.S inter-agency team will continue pragmatic engagement with the Taliban and Afghan technocrats regarding macroeconomic stability issues.
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Wishing Afghans and all those who celebrate a joyous and peaceful Eid!
Wishing all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Adha, which affords us the opportunity to remember our common humanity and attend to the needs of those less fortunate. We also recognize those who participated in the Hajj pilgrimage in commemoration of Eid. Eid Mubarak!
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Important statement from my colleague @SE_AfghanWGH Rina Amiri. I share her deep concern and supported this decision.
This week, @US4AfghanPeace led an interagency delegation in high-level meetings with the Taliban, including so-called Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. After much deliberation & consultation, I opted not to attend. 1/4
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I led a senior U.S. interagency delegation to continue discussions with Taliban representatives in Doha June 29-30.
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