ISLAMABAD: According to diplomatic sources, United States Special Representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has extended his stay in Pakistan
According to sources, on Saturday the US envoy was scheduled to travel back, however, his stay has been extended following the decision to hold the next round of talks between the US and the Afghan Taliban.
” The US embassy will inform the foreign office of the new date,” the source added.
The decision to hold the next round of talks between the US and Afghan Taliban in Islamabad was taken on Friday during a meeting between the US envoy and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Khalilzad, who arrived in Pakistan a day ago as part of his four-nation tour, told Qureshi that the US leadership values Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Following his meeting with the foreign minister, the US envoy called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM Office.
However, according to reports the Afghan Taliban has refused to hold talks with US officials in Islamabad.