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Khalilzad to assist Trump team on Afghan reconciliation

Khalilzad to assist Trump team on Afghan reconciliation

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Sep 05, 2018 - 09:11

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed Zalmay Khalilzad, former US ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon, to help the Trump administration’s efforts for reconciliation with Talibaninfo-icon.

“Khalilzad’s going to join the State Department team to assist us on the reconciliation effort, so he will come on and be the State Department’s lead person for that purpose,” Pompeo told reporters on his way to Pakistaninfo-icon.

Pompeo said the task of Khalilzad was going to be working with top officials of the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department.

He would be full-time focused on developing the opportunities to get the Afghans and Taliban to come to reconciliation. “That will be his singular mission statement,” Pompeo said.

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