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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is proposing a series of steps that will help launch the stalled peace process in Afghanistan between the government and the Taliban, Politico reported.

Blinken's letter to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, published by Afghan news agency TOLONews, calls for the parties to come together to hold a UN-facilitated conference with foreign ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and the United States to discuss a common approach to peacekeeping in Afghanistan.

Blinken also calls for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban at a summit in Turkey in the coming weeks.

Blinken also made clear in the letter that the Biden administration continues to consider a complete withdrawal of nearly 2,500 US troops from the country by the May 1 deadline agreed by the Trump administration. The State Department declined to comment on the TOLONews report.

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