Islamabad (Staff Pakistan): The United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Afghanistan and Pakistan on October 4, said a US Department of State statement.
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.
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.