US Afghan peace envoy Khalilzad to reach Islamabad today

US pushes Taliban to reduce violence as deal enters'next phase'

ISLAMABAD: The United States top negotiator for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will reach Islamabad today (Friday) on a day-long visit.
According to sources, US Afghan peace envoy Khalilzad will discuss the Afghan peace process with top civil and military officials during his visit to Pakistan.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal has said that Pakistan truly supports political and peaceful solution to the Afghanistan issue.
During a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, the FO spokesman said, Pakistan has welcomed the resumption of direct talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban. “We hope the peace process is concluded soon and leads to an intra-Afghan dialogue and reduction of violence in Afghanistan,” he added.


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