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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

US envoy on Afghan peace takes mission to Pakistan

Zalmay Khalilzad will also visit the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad is embarking on a tour of the Middle East that includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Reuters 
US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad is embarking on a tour of the Middle East that includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Reuters 

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.

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