US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in a series of tweets has condemned the ongoing high level of violence in Afghanistan.
“We condemn the ongoing high level of violence and we condemn all those who authorize and carry out such attacks across Afghanistan, creating terror and bloodshed,” Khalilzad said.
The US envoy stated that the news from Ghazni of the deaths of so many innocents, almost all of them children, is heart-breaking and he shared the sorrow and grief that the victims’ families bear at this moment.
“The killing and death of Afghans including civilians has become too commonplace,” he asserted.
“Their goal is to sow discord and use violence to undermine Afghans committed to peace, a permanent end to violence, and a prosperous Afghanistan. This enemy must be denied,” Khalilzad said.
He called for all sides to reduce violence and move quickly to a ceasefire.
“Together and with international support they must also deal with menace of unexploded ordnance and mines across the country to save precious lives, children and adults,” he stressed.
The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation cited that with the US-Taliban agreement, US-Afghan Joint Declaration, brought international support for peace and start of intra-Afghan negotiations, saying the intra-Afghan war and killing have lost their legitimacy in the eyes of the overwhelming number of Afghans who need and yearn for peace and security.
Khalilzad noted that the Islamic Republic and the Taliban must respect the demands of their people and reach a political agreement as soon as possible.
“The United States stands with the people of Afghanistan,” he added.
This comes as at least 15 children have been killed and 20 more wounded in recent’s bloody blast in Ghazni province.