U.S. envoy to Afghanistan is forced to resign in the wake of Taliban taking over

Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters that it was an "right time" to resign in the context of when Zalmay Khalilzad

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The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced his resignation from his position less than two months following his departure from Afghanistan. United States' chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"Tomorrow, I step down from my position as the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation," Khalilzad stated in his resignation letter from Monday addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken obtained by NBC News.

"I decided now is the right time to do so, at a juncture when we are entering a new phase in our Afghanistan policy," the president said.

The critics have been accusing Khalilzad of having wasted any leverage that the U.S. might have had in Afghanistan by accepting a date for the removal of U.S. troops without setting any requirements for a cease-fire and peace treaty among Taliban Taliban as well as the Afghan government of the president Ashraf Ghani.

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The defense of the envoy was given the impossible task given the short deadline given by the Trump administration to complete to complete the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Khalilzad's resignation follows three years of failed U.S.-backed talks among both the Afghan administration and Taliban. The talks came to an end with America's rapid and chaotic withdrawing of Afghanistan in August, as well as the Taliban's invasion of the country.

In his resignation letter Khalilzad the man who took on this position in the year 2018 by Trump, did not mention Trump administration, did not make reference to the U.S. withdrawal and evacuation of U.S. citizens and other residents at risk.

In reality, the letter was akin to an argument in support of his 2020 Doha agreement, which opened the way to the eventual removal of U.S. troops.

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Khalilzad strongly defended the deal within his own letter placing burden on Taliban as well as the Afghan government for not being able to grasp the opportunity to reach an agreement to end the war.

He stated that the agreement meant "the war is finally over for the United States" and that America can now to allocate resources that had been earmarked for the battle for "other vital needs."

Khalilzad added that the agreement offered "a road to peace" and "historic opening for serious negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the Taliban to end the war." However, he claimed that the Afghans not taken advantage of the chance to come to a peace agreement in the first place, and that He was "saddened on behalf of the Afghan people."

Afghans wait to depart from at the departure gate of Kabul on August. 16, 2021.

Afghans wait to depart from their airports in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August. 16.Wakil Kohsar/ AFP -- Getty Images file

"It is regrettable, but it is not the final chapter. Even the Taliban describe themselves as an interim government," said the Taliban leader.

The 2020 deal in 2020 with Taliban was welcomed by President Donald Trump as a breakthrough and was approved by the Secretary of State at the time, Mike Pompeo, who attended the ceremony of signing together with Taliban leadership at Doha, Qatar.

But critics accuse that the Trump administration of trying to negotiate the "surrender agreement" with the Taliban and have also criticized at the Biden administration for going forward with the agreement.

"Our secretary of state [Pompeo] signed a surrender agreement with the Taliban," H.R. McMaster who was the national security advisor of President Trump prior to the agreement was signed stated during Bari Weiss' podcast Honestly the month before.

"This collapse is a recurrence of the capitulation agreement in 2020. The Taliban didn't defeat us. We defeated ourselves." McMaster said.

While Pompeo was supportive of Khalilzad's work and was present at the Doha ceremony however, he didn't take the time to sign the agreement. Instead, Khalilzad signed his stamp on the agreement.

As one of the few Trump appointees to remain in his post following the election of the presidency of Joe Biden came into power, Khalilzad remained relatively low-profile in recent times with only a few remarks made public during the time before withdrawal from U.S. withdrawal.

It was widely believed that he would quit when the withdrawal for troops leaving Afghanistan was completed.

In a press release released on the previous day, Blinken announced Khalilzad would succeed by Thomas West, who previously was his deputy representative to Afghanistan.

West who was on Biden's national security team while Biden was vice president during Biden's vice president position during the Obama administration. West will be in charge of the diplomatic effort and will work tightly with U.S. Embassy Kabul presence in Doha regarding the interest of America in Afghanistan the Secretary of State stated.

This announcement comes as the State Department's inspector general told Congress the previous day that her office will begin a series inquiries regarding the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.

In the letter received from NBC News, Diana Shaw who is the deputy inspector general advised the members of Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, along with both the House as well as the Senate intelligence committees and intelligence committees that her office would be executing "several oversight projects" around the U.S. departure.