Khalilzad Welcomes NATO’s Reiteration of Need for Ceasefire

The US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Saturday welcomed NATO’s statement focused on “key next steps” for peace and stability in Afghanistan, including a humanitarian ceasefire amid COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
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NATO “urged the Taliban to reduce violence, called on the Afghan govt to end the political crisis, and said all sides should move more quickly on prisoner releases,” said Khalilzad.

“How urgently and with what conviction the sides respond to these steps will determine whether Afghanistan moves forward or remains mired in war, poverty, and disease,” said US envoy.

“The US-Taliban agreement provides a historic opportunity for Afghanistan,” Ambassador Khalilzad said, “and our allies, indeed the international community, call on Afghan leaders to put their country and their people first.”

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation in a statement renewed its appeal to “all Afghan leaders and parties to urgently reduce violence and work for lasting ceasefire.”

This comes amid increasing violence by the Taliban in different parts of the country.

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