Zalmay Khalilzad arrives in Pakistan for Afghanistan reconciliation talks

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ISLAMABAD: Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy, arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for talks with senior civil and military leaders in a bid to push for for reconciliation in the war-torn country.

Khalilzad will be in Islamabad for one to four days.

According to sources, discussions will largely focus on the Afghan peace process, Pak-Afghan border management efforts and US-Pakistan relations.

Sources privy to the vist said that Khalilzad would press Pakistani officials to ensure the Afghan Taliban’s involvement in the peace process.

Senior US State Department official, Lisa Curtis, will also be part of all the meetings.

Khalilzad’s visit to Pakistan is part of a larger two-week tour, which has also taken him to China and Afghanistan to “facilitate a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan”.