Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
September 22, 2016
The United States welcomes the peace agreement negotiated and signed between the Afghan government and representatives of Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). The only avenue to achieve lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan is through dialogue and negotiations.
The United States will continue to support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that results in armed groups ceasing violence, breaking ties with international terrorist groups, and accepting the Afghan Constitution, including its protections for women and minorities. We commend the Afghan government on its achievement in forging an accord with HIG, and we look forward to supporting steps towards a comprehensive resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.