US envoy Khalilzad says various Afghan groups will be included in peace talks

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The US envoy tasked with forging a peace deal with the Taliban met with officials in Pakistan on Friday.

Zalmay Khalilzad earlier told leaders and various groups in Afghanistan that they would be included in future talks, AFP reported.

The envoy visited Islamabad after spending five days in Afghanistan amid strains between Washington and President Ashraf Ghani’s administration.

Kabul has complained of being sidelined in peace talks. “Intra-Afghan dialogue should be comprehensive and inclusive with representatives from the Afghan government, women, young people, and civil society,” Khalilzad tweeted at the start of his five-day visit to Pakistan.