WASHINGTON Oct 19,2021 Monitoring Desk
US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmai Khalilzad has resigned.
Khalilzad was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush and, briefly, President Barack Obama. Khalilzad’s assignments in the Bush administration included Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005 and Ambassador to Iraq from 2005 to 2007.
In 2017, he was considered for Secretary of State in the Trump administration.
Khalilzad was born in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, and grew up in the country’s capital, Kabul. He is an ethnic Pashtun from the Noorzai tribe.
He served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the State Department from September 2018 to August 2021, in both the Trump and Biden administrations, overseeing the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Khalilzad began his education at the public Ghazi Lycée school in Kabul. He first spent time in the United States as a high school exchange student with AFS Intercultural Programs in Ceres, California.
Later, he attained his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees from the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. Khalilzad received his doctorate at the University of Chicago.