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US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrives in Islamabad

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrives in Islamabad
January 31, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday arrived in Islamabad. According to the sources, Khalilzad is on a day-long visit and likely to visit the Foreign Office (FO) and hold consultative meetings with the Pakistani officials. The sources also said that the US special envoy will fly back to the US tonight. US Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss efforts for lasting peace in Afghanistan. According to a press release from the Foreign Office (FO), Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan today from Qatar and praised Pakistan's efforts for peace in Afghanistan while briefing the foreign minister about the most recent talks with Taliban. “The finalisation of a peace treaty between Taliban and the US will pave the way for inter-Afghan dialogue, which would not only benefit Afghanistan but the whole region,” Qureshi said. During the meeting, Qureshi also assured the US envoy that Pakistan will continue to support efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan. The two sides agreed to continue their efforts towards the Afghan peace process. The meeting comes after an escalation in tensions between the Taliban and the US, after peace talks between the two sides apparently hit a deadlock. Earlier, Zalmay Khalilzad met Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at Foreign Ministry during his one-day visit. During the meeting, they discussed the Afghan peace process as well as law and order situation in the region. Zalmay Khalilzad Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has been of the view since day one that use of force is no solution to the Afghan issue. “We hope that US-Taliban talks will resume soon. Regional peace and stability is linked to peace in Afghanistan,” he maintained. The minister said that Pakistan will continue to play its conciliatory role with good intent.