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US, EU call on Taliban to end military offensive in Afghanistan



US, EU call on Taliban to end military offensive in Afghanistan

The diplomatic missions in Afghanistan of countries including the United States called on Taliban militants to urgently end their current military offensive in the country, in a joint statement released on Monday.

The declaration, signed among others by the EU Delegation in the country and the Office of the High Civilian Representative of NATO.

He said the Taliban’s ongoing offensive was causing civilian casualties, displacement of people and destruction of public infrastructure across the country.

“The Taliban offensive is in direct contradiction with their claim to support a negotiated settlement of the conflict and the Doha peace process,” the statement said.

He also condemned credible reports of attempts to suppress the human rights of women and girls and to shut down private and public media organizations in an attempt to cover up their human rights violations and restrict freedom of expression.

“Afghans have made a lot of progress over the past two decades and want to continue to build on their achievements in development, human rights and freedom of expression.

“We want to stress that the progress made in recent years can only be sustained if all parties work together.

The statement came a day after a high-level Afghan delegation concluded a two-day meeting with representatives of the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.

Mohammad Naeem, spokesperson for the Taliban in Doha, said after the meeting that the parties agreed to continue these high-level meetings in the future with the aim of finding a political solution to the ongoing conflict.

The belligerents, he continued, had also agreed to prevent damage to public infrastructure. (dpa / NAN) ()

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