FILE PHOTO: U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, speaks throughout a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Home of Representatives International Affairs Committee mentioned on Thursday it’ll subpoena President Donald Trump’s particular Afghanistan envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, to testify on Sept. 19, after the abrupt cancellation of talks with the nation’s Taliban militia.
Consultant Eliot Engel, the committee’s Democratic chairman, mentioned he signed the subpoena after the U.S. State Division ignored quite a few requests for briefings by Khalilzad concerning the Afghanistan peace plan and the administration’s path ahead in that nation.
Engel launched a letter final week expressing frustration with the administration’s failure to rearrange briefings by Khalilzad. He mentioned the State Division had refused requests in February, April and earlier this month for briefings or testimony.
The State Division didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the subpoena.
Trump proclaimed negotiations with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders useless on Monday after scrapping talks with the group deliberate for Camp David, Maryland, in the course of the weekend after a U.S. soldier was killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul.
The abrupt announcement – and information that Trump had deliberate to deliver Taliban leaders to the American presidential retreat – angered many in Congress.
Bringing U.S. troops dwelling from Afghanistan has been certainly one of Trump’s primary international coverage targets, and the Republican president mentioned his administration was nonetheless eager about a drawdown of the 14,000 U.S. troopers within the nation.
It was the primary subpoena issued by the committee since Democrats took management of the Home in January and Engel turned chairman.
Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Further reporting by David Brunnstrom; Enhancing by Leslie Adler and Alistair Bell