Just to pacify isolated India over Afghanistan endgame, Khalilzad to visit Delhi for cover up visit

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Just to pacify isolated India over Afghanistan endgame, Khalilzad to visit Delhi for cover up visit

ISLAMABAD - Just to pacify isolated India over Afghanistan endgame, Khalilzad to visit Delhi for cover up visit.

After skipping India on his last two multi-nation tours, the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, will travel to New Delhi during May 6-7 for consultations aimed at building support for the peace process.

While in India next week, Khalilzad is expected to hold talks with interlocutors at a level similar to his discussions during his last visit in January, people familiar with developments said on Monday. The meetings will give both sides an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in Afghanistan as well as Khalilzad’s talks with the Taliban.

In January, Khalilzad had met external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale. He had also met former Afghan president Hamid Karzai on the margins of the annual Raisina Dialogue, a multilateral conference held in Delhi.

Khalilzad skipped India during a multi-nation tour from March 25 to April 10 and an earlier tour in February. This created an impression in some quarters in New Delhi that he was keeping India out of the loop and aligning with Pakistan for the talks with the Taliban.