US special envoy for Afghanistan reaches Pakistan

US special envoy for Afghanistan reaches Pakistan

Islamabad (Staff Report): The United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday arrived in Islamabad.

According to sources, Khalilzad will hold meetings with the top civil and military leadership of the country and will also take them into confidence over American negotiations with the Taliban.

The special envoy is visiting eight countries including Pakistan, which include Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium and the UAE.

This is Khalilzad’s second visit to Pakistan in last two months.

On Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed that US President Donald Trump wrote him, seeking Pakistan’s assistance in the Afghan peace process.

In a meeting with senior journalists in the federal capital, PM Khan informed that he received a letter from the US president earlier today. In the letter, Trump has asked Pakistan to play its role in Afghan peace talks which are aimed at catalysing an end to the 17-year invasion of Afghanistan by US troops.

The PM further said that he had always believed only dialogue could bring stability in Afghanistan.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed Trump’s call for support. “President Trump has written a letter. He has asked for Pakistan’s cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks,” Chaudhry told a foreign news agency.