ISLAMABAD: US particular envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad Thursday arrived in Pakistan for a recent spherical of talks with high civil and army officers throughout which he’s anticipated to hunt Islamabad’s assist to persuade the Taliban to return to the negotiating desk to finish the 17-year-long Afghan struggle. In keeping with US diplomatic officers in Pakistan, the schedule of Khalilzad’s conferences might be determined quickly and the particular envoy might be in Islamabad for one to 4 days.

They stated discussions will largely deal with the Afghan peace course of, Pak-Afghan border administration efforts and US-Pakistan relations.

Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan two days later than anticipated.

In keeping with Overseas Workplace Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal, Khalilzad is predicted to satisfy Pakistan’s civilian and army leaders throughout his keep and that he’ll ask Pakistan to assist persuade the Afghan Taliban to return again to the negotiation desk.

“Pakistan has additionally maintained we would like an Afghan-led Afghan-owned resolution to imbroglio,” Faisal was quoted as saying by the Daybreak newspaper.

Khalilzad is main an intra-agency delegation and can meet officers in every nation so as to “facilitate an inclusive peace course of in Afghanistan”,the US State Division stated in an announcement.

The envoy’s four-nation journey is predicted to finish on January 21.

Khalilzad might be accompanied by Deputy Assistant to the US president Lisa Curtis, who is taken into account as an knowledgeable on Afghan affairs, diplomatic sources stated.

The US delegation will meet senior civil and army officers to debate the continuing Afghan peace initiative, they stated.

The US State Division stated final week that Khalilzad was visiting India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan from January eight to hunt the settlement of the Afghan downside.

He has already visited India and met Exterior Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on January 10.

The US official was in Beijing this weekend and held talks with senior Chinese language officers.

The Afghan peace initiative has been transferring at a snail’s tempo resulting from refusal of the Taliban to sit down for talks with the Afghan authorities officers.

In keeping with officers, the US delegation will search Pakistan’s help for arranging talks between Kabul and Taliban to finish greater than 17-year-old battle.

Pakistan has been taking part in an important position within the course of and final yr launched senior Taliban chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from imprisonment, who’s reportedly in Qatar.

Baradar was deputy to the late Taliban supreme chief Mullah Muhammad Omar. He was arrested from Karachi in a joint Pakistan-US operation after experiences that he was independently attempting to conclude a take care of Afghan authorities.

India has been a key stakeholder within the peace and reconciliation course of in Afghanistan. It despatched two former diplomats in “non official” capability to a convention on Afghan peace course of in Moscow in November which was attended by a high-level Taliban delegation.

The convention organised by Russia was attended by representatives of Afghanistan in addition to from a number of different nations together with the US, Pakistan and China.

India has been sustaining a coverage of not participating with the Taliban and urgent for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace initiative to convey peace and stability within the war-ravaged nation.

Khalilzad visited Pakistan in October earlier than flying to Doha, Qatar the place he reportedly held talks with the Taliban representatives.

He has additionally held three spherical of talks with the Afghan Taliban so as to attain a settlement that might permit the US to withdraw its military and finish a 17-year-old struggle – America’s longest.


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