US representative to arrive in Pakistan to discuss Afghan conflict


United States (US) Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will be arriving in Pakistan on Saturday.

He is on a special visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia between October 4 and 14. According to a statement, he will be coordinating and leading US efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

He will be working in coordination with the Afghan government and other stakeholders to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict.

This will be Khalilzad’s first trip after his appointment as the special representative. However, he recently travelled to Pakistan with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit on September 5.

He also met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during the latter’s recent visit to the US.