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US envoy embarks on tour to facilitate peace process in Afghanistan

ANI  |  Washington D. C. [USA] 

Special Representative for Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad will primarily focus on accelerating the peace process in by trying to bring the to a point of negotiation as he departs for an eight-nation tour from December 2 (local time) to 20.

Khalilzad will meet with officials and other interested parties to support and facilitate an inclusive peace process in the country, empowering the Afghan people to decide their nation's fate.

He will be in contact with Ashraf Ghani, and other Afghan stakeholders to coordinate closely on efforts to bring the to the negotiating table with the

On his last trip to the region in November, Khalilzad met with men and women active in the and peace efforts, members of the media, and other governmental and non-governmental officials. He stressed that all Afghans must have a say in the creation of sustainable peace for

The will also travel to Pakistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the (UAE) and with an inter-agency delegation.

"The remains committed to supporting the Afghan people's desire for peace, and to facilitating a political settlement between the and the that ensures Afghanistan never serves as a platform for international terrorism again," a statement from the State Department read.

For the past several years, has been trying to persuade the Taliban to come to the negotiating table and formulate a peace process to end the 17-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. However, the group asserted that the presence of foreign troops in the war-torn nation was a hindrance to achieving long-lasting peace.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 07:08 IST