US special envoy to visit Afghanistan, Pakistan

Published: October 4, 2018
The delegation will be visiting the region from October 4-14.


The delegation will be visiting the region from October 4-14. PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan and Pakistan on October 4 as part of continuing efforts to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, said a US Department of State statement issued on Wednesday.

Khalilzad will lead an interagency delegation to the region and is also scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The US envoy will be in Afghanistan and Pakistan from October 4 to 14.

“Special Representative Khalilzad’s mission is to coordinate and lead US efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.” the statement said.

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The special representative will be working in close coordination with the Afghan government and various stakeholders and “explore how best to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict”.

The trip will be Khalilzad’s first visit following his appointment as special representative and reflects the “administration’s intent to support, facilitate, and participate in a peace process in Afghanistan,” the statement added.

Earlier in September, the former US Ambassador to Afghanistan joined the State Department as an adviser on the war-torn country.

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  • cuban
    Oct 5, 2018 - 6:50PM

    This guy is a heavy hitter – former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and UN – known to all the major players in the region and has significant influence in the White House/Congress Highest ranked Muslim in USA govt. Probably the best guy to send if you were serious about negotiating a deal. Recommend

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