KABUL: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that the former US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has been officially appointed as the Special US Adviser on Afghanistan. Pompeo said will assist the State Department with the ongoing efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Pompeo further added that Khalilzad would also accompany him and the US delegatin during the visit to Pakistan. “We need Pakistan to seriously engage to help us get to the reconciliation we need in Afghanistan,” Pompeo was quoted as saying by Reuters. “The very reason for this trip is to try to articulate what it is our expectation is, the things that they can do, the things that they expect us to do, and see if we can’t find a path forward together,” he added. This comes as efforts are underway to revive the Afghan-led peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban group. A senior US diplomat met with the Taliban political representatives over a month ago to seek ways for the revival of peace talks.