The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, will travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar with an interagency delegation from November 8–20, the US Department of State said in a statement.
The statement, released on November 8, says that the US envoy will meet with Afghan government officials and other interested parties to advance the goal of an intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that include the Taliban and lead to a sustainable peace.
A sustainable peace requires that all Afghans have a say in their country’s future, the statement said.
The statement said that on his last trip to the region in October, Khalilzad called on the Afghan Government and the Taliban to organize authoritative negotiating teams, and has been encouraged to see that both parties are taking steps in that direction.
The statement concluded that the United States remains committed to a political settlement that results in an end to the war and to the terrorist threat posed to the United States and the world.
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