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US special envoy Khalilzad to reach Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD: The United States special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad will arrive in Islamabad today (Tuesday) on a five-day official visit.

US representative Zalmay Khalilzad will arrive in Islamabad today to meet senior civil and military officials during his 5-day officials trip.

He is expected to lead delegation-level talks ion the foreign office pertaining to the peace process in Afghanistan, urging Afghanistan and Taliban to let US withdraw their half of the troops from their war-torn area.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Zalmay Khalilzad is leading officials of US envoy in his four-nation two-week visit from January 8 – 21, including Pakistan, India, China and Afghanistan.

He will meet senior military persons, government officials and experienced foreign officers during his visit to facilitate US in an intra-Afghan settlement.

The US State Department has stated that the envoy continues to make efforts with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other Afghan stakeholders to ensure peace process through effective dialogues.

“The US goal is to promote dialogue among Afghans about how to end the conflict, and to encourage the parties to come together at the negotiating table to reach a political settlement where every Afghan citizen enjoys equal rights and responsibilities under the rule of law,” the statement from state department reads.

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