"Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale summoned Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib today to reject the public comments attributed to Mr Mohib criticising the U.S. approach to reconciliation", State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said after the meeting between the two officials.
Tensions have been brewing for months as the Afghan government has been excluded from us talks with the militant group and they burst open with Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib's comments - a searing indictment of the American peace effort.
The fifth round of peace talks between USA and Taliban delegations ended in Doha, Qatar, this week with both sides agreeing to meet again to sort out their differences.
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The advisor, Hamdullah Mohib, took particular aim at USA envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and his personal "ambitions" in Afghanistan. US media reports claimed that US National Security Adviser John Bolton also refused to meet his Afghan counterpart because of his remarks to the media. "He was wanting to run for president twice", Mohib told the Reuters news agency.
Khalilzad informed Gokhale about the issues under discussions with the Taliban and that Washington was insisting on an assurance that territory of Afghanistan will not be used for any terror activities. The meet was canceled by the Taliban after the letter by the Afghanistan government to UNSC. On Tuesday, he flew straight back to Washington.
"I would add that our Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale is meeting with him as of 20 minutes ago, 3 o'clock this afternoon, to communicate the United States Government's displeasure", he added.More news: Erdogan Confirms New Zealand Shooting Suspect Visited Turkey Twice
"Attacks on Ambassador Khalilzad are attacks on the department and only serve to hinder the bilateral relationship and the peace process", he added.
Afghanistan has also complained to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against Islamabad due to its engagement with the Taliban and attempts to subvert the Afghan peace process.
The lead Taliban negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, on Thursday, assured Afghans that they had no reason to fear a settlement.More news: World Rugby offers nations £5 billion for new Nations Championship
USA officials have insisted they will not accept a peace deal with the Taliban without direct talks between the militant group and the Afghan government.
After previous rounds of talks, Khalilzad typically travelled to Kabul to brief Afghan officials - but not this time. "The last people to find out are us". Palladino declined to say whether the USA believed Mohib was speaking on behalf of the Afghan government, saying only, "We're confident in our Afghan government partner".
A senior Afghan official has accused the USA of "delegitimising" the Kabul government by excluding it from peace talks with the Taliban.More news: Italy outraged as court finds victim too ugly to be raped