Envoy on Taliban talks to return to U.S.

A U.S. envoy on peace talks with the Taliban will return to the United States, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday, indicating that a negotiation planned for Doha may not be realized.

"He is in New Delhi. We anticipate he'll return to the United States. I don't have any other stops to read out," Patrick Ventrell, the department's press office director, told a press briefing, referring to James Dobbins, who serves as special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Dobbins left Washington earlier this month to represent the United States in the envisioned talks with the Taliban in Doha.

But the talks have yet to start due to an objection by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the Taliban's use of the former name of Afghanistan when it was under their rule in a flag and sign at their new office in the Qatari capital.