Thomas West, the United States Special envoy for Afghanistan, has announced the commencement of his trip to Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday morning, he announced through his social media platform, X, that he commenced these trips on December 6th and will continue them until the fifteenth of the month.
Mr. West’s purpose for his trip is to engage in discussions about political, security, economic, and humanitarian issues with representatives of these four countries.
A message from the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan stated that he aims to meet with key partners to discuss shared security interests, the protection and resettlement of refugees, humanitarian needs, human rights, and economic matters.
West has previously travelled to various countries to assess the situation in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs had also announced the visit of three senior U.S. officials, including Thomas West, to the country.
According to the ministry, West, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, will discuss the overall situation in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, during his visit.
Mr West’s trip underscores the importance of regional cooperation and dialogue to address Afghanistan’s and its neighbours’ complex challenges.