Pompeo to bring back former US ambassador as special Afghanistan envoy

WASHINGTON,  - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to soon tap Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former US ambassador to Kabul and Baghdad, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, two US 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 US diplomat and Taliban officials to explore possible negotiations.
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