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April 14, 2019

Khalilzad asks Pakistan, Qatar to condemn Taliban spring offensive

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April 14, 2019

KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has condemned the announcement of spring offensive by Taliban as he called on Pakistan, Qatar, and other nations to condemn the announcement as well, the Afghan media reported on Saturday. “The Taliban’s spring offensive announcement is reckless. It is irresponsible to suggest that an increase in violence is warranted because the government announced a security plan. The Afghan people have clearly voiced their desire for peace,” Ambassador Khalilzad said in a statement posted in Twitter.

He said “Through this announcement, Taliban leaders demonstrate their indifference to the demands of Afghans across the country. The call for more fighting will not advance peace efforts. If executed, it will only yield more suffering and thousands more causalities.”

“At a time when all Afghans should come together in talks to determine a common future, a call for fighting suggests the Taliban are stuck in the ways of the past. Many Talibs including fighters and some leaders oppose this announcement,” the U.S. envoy added.

Ambassador Khalilzad also added that “The U.S. and our international partners will stand with Afghan security forces to continue our effort to end the war in Afghanistan, at the same time as we seek to bring parties to the table to negotiate peace.”

The Taliban militants on Friday announced the launch of its spring offensive ‘Al-Fath’ on Friday.

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