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Thursday, January 17, 2019, 17:52
US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war
By Associated Press
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 17:52 By Associated Press

In this March 13, 2009, photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. (RAFIQ MAQBOOL / AP)

ISLAMABAD — Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on the last leg of his regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which will allow American troops to go home, ending Washington's longest military engagement.

He has no plans to travel to the Mideast on this tour, but there are reports he may meet the Taliban during his visit to Pakistan

The US Embassy said on Thursday that Khalilzad will meet with senior Pakistani officials, without elaborating further.

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Khalilzad has accelerated efforts to end the war in Afghanistan since his appointment. On his previous visits he held talks with the Taliban in the Middle East. He has no plans to travel to the Mideast on this tour, but there are reports he may meet the Taliban during his visit to Pakistan.

If a meeting is held, it's likely Khalilzad will press for direct talks with Kabul, something the Taliban have refused.

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