The Afghan Government calls for a ceasefire and direct dialogue with the Taliban

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 The Afghan Government calls for a ceasefire and direct dialogue with the Taliban


Xinhua News Agency, Kabul, September 8 (Xinhua) - Afghanistans presidential palace issued a statement on 8 that peace can only be achieved if the Taliban accept a ceasefire and engage in direct dialogue with the Afghan government.

What hinders peace in Afghanistan is the ongoing war and violence by the Taliban, the statement said. Unless the Taliban stop killing, accept a ceasefire and open direct dialogue with the Afghan government, there will be no real peace in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government said that without the participation of the Afghan government delegation, any peace talks would not achieve the desired results. Previously, the U.S. government had held many rounds of peace talks with the Taliban, and the two sides reached a draft agreement. The Taliban considered the Afghan government as a puppet supported by the United States and refused to engage in direct dialogue with it.

Shortly before the announcement of the presidential palace, President Trump announced the cancellation of peace talks with the Taliban. Trump said in a social media article on the evening of July 7 that he was scheduled to hold secret meetings with Taliban leaders and Afghan President at Camp David on the 8th, but because of the attacks by the Taliban in Kabul, which resulted in the death of 12 people, including one American soldier, he cancelled the meeting with Taliban leaders and Taliban leaders. Peace talks between classes.

Since October 2018, the U.S. government has held peace talks with the Afghan Taliban in Doha, Qatar, aimed at finding a political solution to the war in Afghanistan. Nine rounds of negotiations have been held. The latest round of negotiations ended on September 1 and the two sides reached a draft agreement. The draft agreement, which has been made public, shows that the United States has promised to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan within 135 days, while the Taliban has promised to cut ties with al-Qaida, combat extremist forces in the Islamic State and prevent extremist militants from using Afghanistan as a haven.

But during and after the ninth round of talks, the Taliban launched a number of attacks throughout Afghanistan, causing a large number of casualties, including one American soldier.

Source: Xinhua responsible editor: Xing Haibo_NBJS8850