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US special envoy arrives in Pak for talks on Afghanistan

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

America's Khalilzad arrived in on Tuesday to hold meetings with Pakistan's political and military leadership to coordinate closely on the US efforts to bring the to the negotiating table to end the 17-year-long

Khalilzad arrived here a day after announced that US has written a letter to Imran Khan, seeking Islamabad's "assistance and facilitation in achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war".

Khan told the media on Monday that resolution of conflict in was also in the best interest of Pakistan, which always made serious efforts to bring peace in the neighbouring country.

Diplomatic sources said that Khalilzad would hold talks with foreign ministry and security officials about the situation in

Khalilzad will also travel to other regional countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, the and to seek support for his mission.

Afghan-origin Khalilzad served as a of following the fall of the government in 2001. He also served as US to Afghanistan.

He is seen in as a hawk who has often accused of supporting militants.

It's his second visit to following his appointment as and reflects the Trump administration's intent to support, facilitate, and participate in a peace process in Afghanistan.

After his first trip in October, Pakistan announced that it released senior Taliban Mullah to help in the efforts of peace in Afghanistan.

Baradar, the former right-hand man of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, was among several senior Taliban leaders freed in recent months, after the Taliban demanded their release in direct talks with Khalilzad on October 12.

It is believed that Mulla Baradar's release would help persuade Afghan Taliban to lay down arms and negotiate in new peace talks.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 18:35 IST