US And NATO Comment On ‘Unacceptable Levels’ Of Taliban Violence

The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan Ross Wilson and NATO Senior Civilian Representative Stefano Pontecorvo both spoke about the high levels of Taliban violence in the country post the Samangan attack on the National Directorate of Security (NDS) complex.

In a series of tweets, the U.S. envoy condemned the “use of an indiscriminate vehicle-borne improvised explosive device” in Samangan that killed 11 and wounded over 60 civilians, security forces and NDS employees.

“This attack in a provincial capital is an escalation that violates the understanding in our agreement with the Taliban to reduce violence and minimize civilian casualties,” Wilson wrote and urged the Taliban to reduce violence and focus on the intra-Afghan negotiations.

The top diplomat said the U.S. will “continue to hold the Taliban accountable” to all its commitments according to the Doha Agreement, which include the completion of prisoner releases, reduction of violence, complete delivery on counterterrorism, and the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.

NATO’s representative spoke to Nader Nadery, senior advisor to the president, about the Afghan peace process.

Pontecorvo commented on the “completely unacceptable levels of violence by the Taliban” and restated NATO’s commitment to supporting the Afghan security forces and the people.

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