The veteran American diplomat in his appearance before the US Institute of Peace (USIP) said that to achieve a peace agreement, quite a number of issues have to be dealt with.
The top State Department official charged with negotiating with the Taliban said he hopes to see an end this year to the almost two-decade war in Afghanistan, calling recent dialogue with the insurgent group encouraging while admitting a cease-fire remains a long-term goal.
The Taliban also do not want to appear beholden to Islamabad, which has long denied United States accusations that it provides safe haven and assistance to insurgents as a way to preserve influence in neighboring Afghanistan throughout its more than 17-year-old war.
If the Taliban were to hold talks with the Kabul government, it would mean that they had "accepted this stooge regime as a legitimate government (even though it was) imposed upon us by aircraft and (the) bombing of invaders", he said.
A declaration was signed after the three days talks, stating that all parties in the conference have agreed that a dignified and lasting peace is the aspiration of all the people of Afghanistan and this principle has been achieved in Moscow.More news: Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'
The United States (US) military has stepped up its airstrikes and special operation raids on Taliban leaders and fighters in Afghanistan to give American negotiators leverage in peace talks with the militant group, The New York Times reported Saturday.
"I am not seeking to monopolise the diplomacy of peace", he said, and also offered rare praise to Pakistan, which he credited for helping push the Taliban to the negotiating table. The ex-president also said he would like to see all foreign troops withdrawing from his country "as soon as possible", even though he admitted that it would likely be a "very hard process".
Trump's administration has accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan. Some at the Moscow meeting demanded the formation of an interim government to replace Ghani instead of holding presidential elections in July.
"That is a red line, and I think that's a policy of the (US) president as well".
He also served as the US Ambassadors to Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush Administration.
In recent weeks, the envoy held several rounds of with talks with representatives of the Taliban in Doha.More news: Miley Cyrus and parents at MusiCares Person of the Year 2019
Noting that there is reluctance on the side of the Taliban to sit down with the government to negotiate the future, he expressed hope that he will dedicate his time to help overcome that challenge. "It's for the Afghans to accept each other", Khalilzad said. It sees the Taliban as a hedge against IS, which has a global jihadi agenda and could influence the Muslim population in Russian Federation and the Central Asian states in its backyard. He said he wants those intra-Afghan negotiations to start immediately.
"For Moscow, its initiative represents an effort to get closer to the elusive intra-Afghan dialogue that all sides keep talking about", said Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program at the Washington-based Wilson Center research organization. Some of them also warned that the current Afghan government would not have enough support to stay in power without a United States military presence.
"There is an election, I know, that makes reaching a peace agreement particularly complicated".
"Great nations do not fight endless wars", Trump said, just a month after announcing, to the surprise of the Afghan government, that he is ordering the withdrawal of 7,000 troops from the country.
The Taliban leader, who declined to be identified, said Pakistan had kept "unprecedented pressure" on the militants and their close relatives over the past few months.More news: Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man City v Chelsea FC