U.S. to bring back Khalilzad as special Afghanistan envoy: sources

U.S. to bring back Khalilzad as special Afghanistan envoy: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to soon tap Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul and Baghdad, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, two U.S. officials said, the latest signal to the Taliban that Washington is serious about talks to end its longest war.

The decision to tap Khalilzad, a Republican and foreign policy veteran, follows a reported meeting last month between a U.S. diplomat and Taliban officials to explore possible negotiations.

(Reporting by Jonathan Landay; editing by Yara Bayoumy and G Crosse)

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Updated Date: Aug 23, 2018 02:06 AM

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