The United States State Department is mulling to appoint Zalmay Khalilzad as the special envoy for Afghanistan in a bid to help revive the Afghan peace process, it has been reported.
Two U.S. officials privy of the development have told Reuters that the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tap Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul and Iraq, as his special envoy on Afghanistan.
The White House and the State Department have not formally confirmed the reports regarding the likely appointment of Zalmay Khalilzad so far.
The two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were unsure when the announcement would be made.
This comes as efforts are underway to revive the Afghan-led peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban group.
Reports regarding the likely appointment of Zalmay Khalilzad as the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan emerge nearly a month after a senior U.S. diplomat with the Taliban political representatives to seek ways for the revival of peace talks.