WASHINGTON -- The US envoy seeking a peace deal with the Taliban to end 17 years of war is heading back to the region for a new round of talks, the State Department said Tuesday (March 26).
Zalmay Khalilzad will head to Afghanistan as well as neighboring Pakistan during the trip that began Monday (March 25) and is scheduled to run through April 10.
The State Department did not confirm he would hold fresh talks with the Taliban but said he would stop in Qatar, the usual location for negotiations with the militants.
Khalilzad's trip is "part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that brings all Afghan parties together in inclusive intra-Afghan negotiations", the State Department said.
As Khalilzad headed back, US Ambassador to Kabul John Bass also emphasised the role of Afghans.
"Afghans deserve to make their own choices about peace, including where they are prepared to compromise, where they are not prepared to compromise, & how to mend differences," Bass tweeted.