KABUL – American journalist that attended the talk with Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib on Thursday morning in Washington D.C. said Mohib was never “summoned” by United State Department after his comment on Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad.
CBS journalist Margaret Brennan tweeted that the meeting with the U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale was scheduled. Mohib himself told the journalists on Thursday morning he was going to meet with Hale.
While @hmohib told reporters this morning that he already had a scheduled meeting with @StateDept's David Hale, @StateDeputySPOX just released a statement saying the top @ashrafghani aide was "summoned" today in order to "reject" his public comments about @US4AfghanPeace. https://t.co/St9mqDuGRT
— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) March 14, 2019
Mohib told journalists, “Knowing Ambassador Khalizad’s own personal history, he has ambitions in Afghanistan. He wanted to run for president twice… people in government think perhaps all this talk is to create a caretaker government of which he will then become the Viceroy.”
He went on to add that Khalilzad was “ostracizing and alienating a very trusted ally and partnet,” “delegitimizing the Afghan government” and “elevating the Taliban.” The Afghan government has been kept out of the peace negotiations between the Taliban and the United States since talks began last summer. President Ashraf Ghani has repeatedly called on the Taliban to directly negotiate with Afghanistan’s elected government, but the Taliban have refused.
In response to these comments, U.S State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino allegedly had “summoned” Mohib to the U.S. State Department to “reject the public comments attributed to National Security Advisor Mohib criticizing the U.S. approach to reconciliation.”
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) March 14, 2019
However, according to Brennan, Mohib’s meeting with Hale was pre-planned. Mohib told the journalists he was going to the U.S. State Department on Thursday afternoon.
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