Since being appointed last September as the U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has carried out a number of rounds of talks with the Taliban and other regional representatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
It said the trip is intended "to facilitate a peace process that protects USA national security interests and brings all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue through which they can determine a path for their country's future".
The talks are expected to center around a ceasefire to end America's longest war and the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The Trump administration's special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a USA peace initiative.More news: Glendale Police details 2017 volatile police situation
He acknowledged that Pakistan had remained "the most important hub" for Afghan refugees during the Soviet invasion.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his government out of accelerating peace talks.
If the Taliban were hold talks with the Kabul government, it would mean that it had "accepted this stooge regime as a legitimate government (even though it was) imposed upon us by air craft and (the) bombing of invaders", he said.
In Washington, the US State Department said Ambassador Khalilzad and his interagency delegation would also consult officials in Belgium, Germany and Turkey before arriving in the region for further talks.More news: Marc Gasol has officially joined the Toronto Raptors
Khalizad, who was appointed to his current post in September, said although he and the Taliban have made progress on the issue of a USA troop withdrawal, that is just one among many issues and none has been fully resolved.
In December, there were numerous reports that US President Donald Trump planned to halve the estimated 14,000 US forces in Afghanistan. He said the U.S.is not seeking permanent military bases in Afghanistan and will leave if Kabul does not want US troops there, provided that there is no threat to USA national security from Afghanistan, particularly from terrorist groups.
The resolution includes a demand for the withdrawal of all foreign troops, support to Doha talks, removing Taliban members from the United Nations blacklist, the release of their prisoners and legitimising Taliban's Qatar office.
The Afghan Taliban has said that despite the ongoing talks with the USA and other regional powers, it had "not yet reached" any conclusion that would entail an immediate end to hostilities, according to a media report.More news: Republicans mock Green New Deal: 'It's loony'