- Associated Press - Saturday, January 19, 2019

ISLAMABAD (AP) - U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says Washington is ready to “address legitimate concerns” of all Afghan sides in order to restore peace in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad took to Twitter on Saturday saying: “I see that many are concerned that the United States is willing to both talk and fight. Let me be clear: the US wants #peace.”

He said it was urgent that fighting ends in Afghanistan but “pursuing peace still means we fight as needed.”

Khalilzad is currently on a visit to Islamabad and has met with Pakistan’s political and military leadership as part of efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the 17-year-old bloody war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan says it will do whatever is possible to end the conflict.

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