Kabul: US Envoy to United Nations, Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad called on Muhammad Muhaqiq, at his residence in West Kabul on Wednesday, Nov 26. Dr. Khalilzad is member of the UN Security Council Fact Finding Mission on a visit of Afghanistan.
Mr. Muhaqiq and Khalilzad discussed the security and development situation of the country. Muhaqiq said presence of international community for more than 7 years could not bear the fruits as hoped by the people of Afghanistan. He added, however, that there are major achievements in infrastructure and development but security situation is deteriorating by the day.
Mr. Khalilzad assured continued US support to the people of Afghanistan. They also discussed the upcoming Presidential elections scheduled for September 2009.
Some political circles here in Kabul speculate that Khalilzad’s visit to Muhaqiq is part of American search for a new ally to replace Karzai, who has increasingly grown critical of foreign countries. According to the sources of Hazaristan Times, Mr. Muhaqiq does not intend to run in the elections for now, but he may bargain with a candidate on the political setup of the next administration.
Dr. Ramazan Bashardost, on the other hand, has already started campaigning for the September 2009 elections.