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Afghanistan, US demand immediate halt to Taliban’s ongoing violence

By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Ghani, US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and High Council for National Reconciliation Chairman Dr. Abdullah spoke via phone the other day, a statement said.
The two sides underlined the need for a prompt start to peace negotiations among different Afghan factions, including the government in Kabul and the Taliban.
A statement from the Presidential Palace quoted O’Brien as saying that the US supported a united, sovereign and democratic Afghanistan that would not become a safe haven for terrorists once again.
Both sides also voiced their concerns at the recent spike in Taliban-linked violence and called for an immediate halt to attacks by the militant movement.
Meanwhile, the High Council for National Reconciliation said Abdullah and the US NSA discussed reduction of violence, completion of prisoner swap and an immediate start to negotiations.

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