Joint call for Taliban Ceasefire by foreign missions


Just hours after a peace summit in Doha failed to agree on a ceasefire, fifteen diplomatic missions and the Nato representation in Kabul joined hands on Monday (July 19) to urge the Taliban to halt military offensives across Afghanistan. Over the previous two days a senior delegation of Afghan politicians met with the Taliban’s political leadership in Qatar’s capital. However, On Sunday a statement released by the Taliban made no mention of a halt to the country’s growing bloodshed.
“The Taleban should lay down their arms for good during Eid al-Adha and demonstrate the world their commitment to the peace process,” the 15 missions and the Nato envoy said, referring to Afghanistan’s Muslim festival on Tuesday.
Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States, as well as Nato’s top civilian representative backed the unified declaration.
The Taliban have called short ceasefires for the previous several Eid holidays, claiming they want Afghans to enjoy their vacations in peace.
This time no such declaration has been made as the Taliban make rapid territorial gains in near-unprecedented levels of violence across the country.


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