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U.S. peace envoy Khalilzad to visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, UAE and Qatar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from Nov. 8 to 20 to push for peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, the State Department said on Thursday.

“On his last trip to the region in October, Special Representative Khalilzad called on the Afghan Government and the Taliban to organize authoritative negotiating teams, and has been encouraged to see that both parties are taking steps in that direction,” the State Department said in a statement.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by James Dalgleish

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