WASHINGTON

U.S. Special representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation is traveling to Afghanistan and Qatar for intra-Afghan negotiations, the State Department said Wednesday.

Zalmay Khalilzad departed Tuesday and is currently in Afghanistan where he will meet government representatives and other Afghan leaders.

The U.S. envoy and Afghan leadership will “discuss how best to support accelerated efforts to get all parties to intra-Afghan negotiations,” the agency said in a statement.

“In Doha, Ambassador Khalilzad will rejoin talks with the Taliban to discuss steps that could lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and a peaceful settlement of the war, specifically a reduction in violence that leads

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