The U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan and Qatar for the talks with the government and Taliban representatives.

The State Department in a statement said “Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan and Qatar from July 22 – August 1, as part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan.”

The statement further added “In Kabul, Special Representative Khalilzad will consult closely with the Afghan government on next steps in the peace process, including identifying a national negotiating team that can participate in intra-Afghan negotiations.”

Furthermore, the State Department said Ambassador Khalilzad will also engage representatives of civil society, including peace advocates and women’s rights groups, to further encourage broad participation in the peace process.

The Statement Department also added that Ambassador Khalilzad will resume talks with the Taliban in Doha.

This comes as the seventh round of peace talks between U.S. and Taliban representatives end in Doha earlier this month.

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