The US State Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has begun his third round of trips to the region, according to a statement by the US state department.


The US State Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has begun his third round of trips to the region, according to a statement by the US state department.
“Khalilzad will travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with an interagency delegation from December 2 – 20,” the statement read.

During the visit, “he will meet with Afghan government officials and other interested parties to support and facilitate an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan, empowering the Afghan people to decide their nation’s fate, the statement added.
According to the statement, Special Representative Khalilzad will be in communication with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other Afghan stakeholders to coordinate closely on efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government and other Afghans.

This is Khalilzad’s third tour to the region after taking over the new role in September, but first to Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Belgium.

On his last trip to the region in November, Special Representative Khalilzad met with men and women active in civil society and peace efforts, members of the media, and other governmental and non-governmental officials.


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