Khalilzad’s trip came after US-Taliban talks were paused following a Taliban attack on a US military base [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for reconciliation in Afghanistan, has said the peace talks have reached an “important stage” amid a renewed push to reach an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18-year-old war in the country.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Khalilzad said he has wrapped up his two-day trip to Kabul, calling it a “productive trip”, where he met President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, former President Hamid Karzai, women’s rights activists and other political leaders.

“We discussed efforts to achieve reduced violence and pave the way to intra-Afghan negotiations,” he tweeted.

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In a statement released by the president’s office, Ghani said Khalilzad briefed

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