Khalilzad In Pakistan To Advance Afghan Peace
US special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Pakistan Sunday at the beginning of his 16-day multi-nation trip which will also take him to Qatar for another round of peace talks with the Taliban.
Khalilzad held delegation-level talks at the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan before meeting with other senior Pakistani civilian and military leaders during his day-long stay in Islamabad.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that in the talks with Khalilzad’s team its delegation reiterated Pakistan’s commitment for Afghan peace.
“It encouraged all sides to agree to seize the moment to end the prolonged conflict through a political settlement,” Faisal said quoted by the VOA.
Khalilzad is expected to visit many other countries, including Afghanistan, Qatar, UAE, Brussels, and Germany.
The US and the Taliban have held six rounds of talks – three of them in Doha. In the last round of talks in April, the two sides made slow but steady progress on key issues under debate.
According to US officials, the key issues discussed between the US and the Taliban in Doha were foreign forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, counterterrorism assurances, ceasefire, and direct talks with the Afghan government.