US says Afghanistan civil struggle considered one of many issues


WASHINGTON:

The United States stated on Tuesday that considered one of many issues about Afghanistan is that it might spiral into civil struggle.

Since the United States introduced plans in April to withdraw its troops with no circumstances by Sept 11 after nearly 20 years of battle, violence has escalated all through the nation because the Taliban seeks extra territory.

Peace talks between the Afghan authorities and Taliban negotiators began final yr within the Qatari capital of Doha, however haven’t made any substantive progress. US State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated the Taliban noticed “the utility of a negotiated solution, they are engaged in Doha.”

“If they seek to contravene what they have said, then they will be an international pariah … and the concern on the part of all of us, one of the many concerns is that the result will be civil war,” Price advised reporters.

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The Taliban and Afghan authorities are far aside within the Doha talks, with the insurgents demanding “the lion’s share of power” in any new authorities, US particular envoy Zalmay Khalilzad stated earlier on Tuesday.

A automotive bomb blast adopted by sporadic gunfire hit Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Tuesday near the closely fortified “Green Zone,” leaving three civilians and three attackers lifeless, safety officers stated.

“It does bear all the hallmarks of the spate of Taliban attacks that we have seen in recent weeks,” Price stated. “We unequivocally condemn the bombing.”

In an announcement on Tuesday condemning an assault on the United Nations in Afghanistan final week, the UN Security Council additionally “expressed their deep concern about the high levels of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s military offensive, and called for an immediate reduction of violence.”

The council known as on the Taliban and the Afghan authorities to “engage meaningfully in an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.”

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