US Special Representative on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is slated to visit India among other countries in the region as part of the process for an intra-Afghan political settlement, the State Department has said.
"Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will lead an interagency delegation to India, China, Afghanistan, and Pakistan from January 8-21," the Department said on Tuesday.
"He will meet senior government officials in each country to facilitate an intra-Afghan political settlement.
"The US supports the desire of the Afghan people and the international community for a political settlement that ends the 40-year conflict and ensures Afghanistan never again serves as a platform for international terrorism."
The move comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump had a telephonic conversation during which the two leaders agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in the year ahead.