Foreign missions in Afghanistan name for Taliban ceasefire


KABUL:

Fifteen diplomatic missions and the NATO consultant in Afghanistan urged the Taliban on Monday to halt their navy offensives, simply hours after the insurgents and the Afghan authorities did not agree on a ceasefire at talks in Doha.

A delegation of Afghan leaders met the Taliban’s political management within the Qatari capital over the weekend. But in an announcement late on Sunday, the Taliban made no point out of a halt to Afghanistan’s escalating violence.

“This Eidul Azha, the Taliban should lay down their weapons for good and show the world their commitment to the peace process,” the 15 missions and the NATO consultant stated, referring to Tuesday’s Muslim vacation in Afghanistan.

The assertion was supported by Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Britain and the United States and NATO’s senior civilian consultant.

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Over current Eid holidays, the Taliban have referred to as brief ceasefires, saying they needed to let Afghans spend them in peace.

This time there was no such announcement because the Taliban make swift territorial positive aspects in near-unprecedented ranges of combating nationwide as US-led international forces full their withdrawal after 20 years of combating.

Monday’s assertion additionally condemned rights violations, comparable to efforts to close faculties and media retailers in areas not too long ago captured by the Taliban. The militants have beforehand denied such actions.

‘Seeking a settlement’

The Taliban stated on Monday that they had captured the Dehrawood district in Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, after heavy clashes with authorities forces the earlier night time. Provincial officers confirmed the Taliban advance.

In the northern province of Samangan, safety forces managed to wrest Dara-e-Sof Bala district again from insurgents, the navy within the space stated, including that 24 Taliban fighters, together with a shadow district governor and two commanders, had been killed.

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Clashes have been occurring there on Monday.

Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the data offered by the navy.

President Ashraf Ghani on Monday visited the provincial capital of Herat province within the west. The Taliban have captured all 17 of the province’s districts in current days barring the capital, Herat metropolis, which is below siege.

In Doha, political leaders and the Taliban mentioned a settlement to finish the battle, the chairman of a council for peace Abdullah Abdullah, who took half within the talks, stated on Monday.

“We agreed to continue the talks, seek a political settlement to the current crisis, avoid civilian casualties, facilitate humanitarian assistance and medical supplies to tackle Covid-19 pandemic,” he stated on Twitter.

In an announcement late on Sunday, the Taliban stated: “Both sides agreed upon the need for expedition in the peace talks, in order to find a fair and permanent solution for the current issue in Afghanistan as soon as possible.”

Peace talks between the Taliban and distinguished Afghans from the federal government aspect began in September final yr however have did not make any progress.

The Taliban’s spokesman in Doha, Mohammed Naeem, denied media reviews that the rebel group had agreed to an Eid ceasefire in trade for the discharge of its prisoners.

On Monday, US particular envoy Zalmay Khalilzad travelled to Islamabad and met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“Ambassador Khalilzad emphasised the urgency of a comprehensive political settlement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban,” a US Embassy assertion stated.

Pakistan is taken into account a key participant within the peace course of in Afghanistan given Islamabad’s historic affect over the Taliban.

The US Embassy assertion emphasised that “tangible and material support” for the Afghan peace course of was important for its success.

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