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Trump’s envoy ‘tests all channels’ with Afghan Taliban in bid to launch peace talks | NBC News
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Trump’s envoy ‘tests all channels’ with Afghan Taliban in bid to launch peace talks | NBC News

President Donald Trump’s envoy to Afghanistan is reaching out to many top Taliban figures as he tries to launch peace negotiations to end the war before Trump can simply pull the plug and order U.S. troops home, say foreign diplomats.

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has moved at a rapid pace and ventured beyond the official Taliban office in Qatar to meet other members of the insurgency, two foreign diplomats and three former U.S. officials told NBC News.

His outreach included a meeting in the United Arab Emirates with a militant claiming to be an associate of Mullah Yaqub, son of late Taliban leader Mullah Omar and now one of two deputies to the current Taliban leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, two foreign diplomats said.

Source: Trump’s envoy ‘tests all channels’ with Afghan Taliban in bid to launch peace talks | NBC News