The US urges the Taliban to extend the ceasefire and order a “significant reduction in violence”.

The US has indicated that the Islamic State was behind the attack on a school for girls in Kabul on Saturday

The US special envoy in Afghanistan urges the peace negotiations to be accelerated and calls for a permanent ceasefire

The United States has “welcomed” the Taliban’s announcement of a ceasefire in Afghanistan and urged them to “extend the ceasefire and order a significant reduction in violence”.

The US urges the Taliban to extend the ceasefire and order a “significant reduction in violence”.
The US urges the Taliban to extend the ceasefire and order a “significant reduction in violence”.

The US State Department welcomes “any measure that allows the Afghan people a respite from violence,” said its spokesman Ned Price, threatening that “a return to violence would be as stupid as it is tragic,” and recalls the Taliban, that “participation” in violence will not give them legitimacy or permanence. “

On the contrary, if the violence is stopped, it will be possible to “start serious negotiations in order to establish a political roadmap for the future of Afghanistan that will lead to a just and lasting solution”.

In this context, he called on the Taliban and the Afghan leaders to “seriously participate in the ongoing peace process in order to guarantee the Afghan people a future free of terrorism and senseless violence”.

“Nobody cares if Afghanistan falls back into civil war. It is not in the interests of the Taliban, it is not in the interests of the Afghan government, it is not in the interests of Afghanistan’s neighbors and it is certainly not in the interests of the Afghan government.” Interests of Afghanistan. The interests of the people in Afghanistan, “Price emphasized during a press conference.

Price’s request comes after the government and the Taliban announced on Monday a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and which runs between May 12 and 13 this year in the middle of Upswing is celebrated in violence in the country and after its refusal to end hostilities during peace talks.

On the other hand, the United States has condemned “the terrible attack” on a girls’ school in Kabul, the death toll of which has already exceeded 80. “Most of them are teenage girls murdered just for an education and better education in the future”.

Although Price has indicated that they are working on investigating the attack, he has indicated that “Islamic State was responsible for similar attacks against the government and the Taliban announced on Monday a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated between May 12th and 13th this year amid increasing violence in the country and after refusing to end hostilities during peace talks.

Finally, in the face of the recent escalation of violence, Price has insisted that “while the United States withdraw its troops” it will not detach itself from Afghanistan and continue to “use diplomatic, economic and humanitarian tools to ensure that the successes are achieved of the last 20 years are maintained, especially those of women, girls and minorities. “

STOP THE CONTINUOUS FIRE

Following the news of the Taliban’s ceasefire, the US special envoy in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, urged the parties to accelerate peace negotiations in order to achieve a “permanent ceasefire”.

“The violence in recent weeks has been terrible and the Afghan people have paid its price. But the Afghans deserve a lot more: a political agreement and a permanent ceasefire,” said Khalilzad on his Twitter account.

In this context, he has urged “the speeding up of inter-Afghan negotiations on a political solution and an end to this senseless war. This is what the Afghan people long for. The United States supports them,” he concluded.

In an interview with Der Spiegel, which collects Tolo News, Khalilzad said that “both parties have to be realistic when it comes to finding common ground. If there is no peace agreement, the alternative is not a victory for the Taliban. It is a long war. “

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