US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad with Afghan delegates during intra-Afghan talks in Doha [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The United States peace envoy will travel to Afghanistan next week and then Qatar to resume negotiations with the Taliban and iron out a deal that could end nearly 18 years of military intervention, the State Department said on Monday.

Special Representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will leave next Monday for the mission lasting through to August 1 “as part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan,” the State Department said in a statement.

In the capital Kabul, he will discuss with the Afghan government the “next steps in the peace process, including identifying a national negotiating team that can

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