US envoy on Afghan peace takes mission to Pakistan
Zalmay Khalilzad will also visit the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
The new American diplomat tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan's 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the new government's help pushing the Taliban to the table.
Former US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on a tour of the region that will also include Middle Eastern stops in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The trip was announced in a US Embassy statement on Tuesday.
The State Department had earlier announced that Mr Khalilzad's mission as special envoy to Afghanistan is to coordinate and lead US efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. He began his tour on October 4.
His mission comes after the Taliban issued a statement Monday condemning parliamentary elections later this month and threatening more attacks on Afghan security forces.
Updated: October 9, 2018 10:04 AM