US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has called on the Taliban to reduce violence and utilize the current opportunity for peace in Afghanistan.
“The US and its NATO allies continue to call on the Taliban to decrease violence in Afghanistan to help create the conditions for intra-Afghan negotiations. Now is the time for all parties to embrace the opportunity to deliver a sustainable peace,” the Secretary said in a tweet.
This is while NATO in a statement called on all sides to urgently fulfil the commitments they have made to lower vioelcne and work toward peace.
The prospect of the start of negotiations to reach a comprehensive peace agreement in Afghanistan represents an historic opportunity to end the decades long conflict.