KABUL: Diplomatic missions from 16 countries, including the United States, have called on the Taliban in the Afghan capital to immediately suspend its recent military operations in Afghanistan.
A joint statement issued by the US embassy in Kabul on Monday said that the Taliban’s actions were harming the city’s population and peace talks, displacing people, as promised in Doha. The Taliban have said they want a negotiated solution to the Afghan conflict.
The United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the European Union’s office in Kabul have condemned the Taliban attacks.
The statement from the diplomatic missions said that the Taliban’s aggression had resulted in the killing of innocent Afghans, including target killings, displacement of Afghans, looting and destruction of communications.
According to diplomatic missions, citizens and observers in Taliban-controlled districts of Afghanistan are constantly complaining of human rights violations. Observers say that media outlets in these areas are also being shut down to prevent human rights abuses. Violations of rights and measures to suppress freedom of expression can be covered up.
“The Afghan people have made great strides over the past 20 years, and we want the Afghan people to continue their journey of development, human rights and freedom of expression,” the diplomatic mission said in a statement.
These countries demanded that the Taliban surrender on Eid al-Adha to convince the world that they are united in the peace process in Afghanistan.
It should be noted that the two-day talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha have ended without any significant progress.