US Envoy for Afghan Peace in Kabul for Talks on Taliban

In this March 2009, file photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.S. selection of Khalilzad as special adviser on reconciliation in Afghanistan has raised some hackles in the region, with critics accusing him of marginalizing the country's smaller ethnic groups when he last served as a presidential envoy following the 2001 collapse of the Taliban and champions praising his tough stand on Pakistan. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this March 2009, file photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.S. selection of Khalilzad as special adviser on reconciliation in Afghanistan has raised some hackles in the region, with critics accusing him of marginalizing the country's smaller ethnic groups when he last served as a presidential envoy following the 2001 collapse of the Taliban and champions praising his tough stand on Pakistan. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived at the capital Kabul.

An embassy statement confirmed Sunday that Khalilzad had arrived in Kabul as a part of a multi-stop visit to the region.

The State Department had earlier announced that Khalilzad's mission is to coordinate and lead U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, and that he will lead an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from October 4-14.

A former ambassador to Afghanistan, this is Khalilzad's first visit to the country in his new role.

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