The US Embassy in Afghanistan has paid tribute to Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese doctor renowned for his aid work in the country. He was fatally shot on Wednesday.
The embassy on Wednesday issued a statement on Twitter expressing deep sadness over the news that "Nakamura died of injuries he sustained in the senseless attack."
The statement also says, "The legacy of Nakamura lives on in the countless Afghans who benefited from his compassion, care and selfless dedication." It ends with a message of condolence in Japanese.
Meanwhile, the US State Department has announced that Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad departed on Tuesday for Kabul and Doha.
Last week, US President Donald Trump announced the resumption of peace talks with the Taliban during his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office.
The State Department says Khalilzad will meet with Afghan government representatives in Kabul to discuss ways to accelerate the talks. It also says Khalilzad will rejoin talks in Doha with the Taliban to discuss steps towards a reduction in violence that could lead to a ceasefire.
The Trump administration plans to speed up negotiations so that the security situation will improve to allow for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.