By: The Kabul Times
“It was an attack on the Republic, desperate act by spoilers of peace efforts, who must be collectively confronted.”
KABUL: A number of countries, including that of US, Iran and India condemned attack on Afghan First Vice President yesterday.
“I am shocked & dismayed by today’s attack on First Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s life. The United States strongly supports Afghanistan’s democratic institutions and leaders, including, Vice President Saleh and we strongly support efforts that we hope begin soon in Doha toward lasting peace and an end to this kind of violence. My deepest condolences to those who needlessly lost their lives & those who were injured,” US embassy Charge De Affairs Ross Wilson tweeted.
European Union strongly condemned the cowardly attack against the First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. “We are glad that he remains unharmed. This is an attack on the Republic, & desperate act by spoilers of peace efforts, who must be collectively confronted. Condolences to the affected families,” EU in Afghanistan said.
India condemned the deadly bomb attack which rocked Kabul targeting Afghanistan’s first Vice President Amrullah Saleh. The bomb attack on the Afghan vice president’s convoy on Wednesday morning killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen people and left.
Taking to Twitter to condemn the attack, Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India stands with Afghanistan in the fight to eradicate “terror infrastructure and sponsors” for enduring peace in that country.
“India strongly condemns cowardly terrorist attack on Afg VP Amrullah Saleh. Our condolences to martyrs & prayers with injured,” Srivastava wrote on twitter.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has condemned the Wednesday terrorist attack against the Afghan vice-president’s convoy. In a statement, Khatibzadeh described the assassination attempt as a move made by the enemies of Afghanistan’s peace and stability given the imminence of intra-Afghan negotiations.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry also condemned the attack on Saleh’s convoy. Meanwhile UNAMA head Deborah Lyons, tweeted: “Relieved to hear Saleh survived today’s deplorable attack. Shocked by initial high number of civilian casualties, mainly bystanders. Perpetrators must face justice.”
NATO’s senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo, in a tweet condemned the attack on First VP Saleh, saying: “The enemies of peace continue to ignore the will of the Afghan people to stop violence and start intra-Afghan negotiations.”
Meanwhile some Afghan Politicians strongly condemned a bomb attack on first vice president Amrullah Saleh and said such cowardly terrorist attacks would not weaken the Afghans’ resolve for a dignified peace.
High National Reconciliation Council (HNRC) chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement strongly condemned the attack on Amrullah Saleh and termed it the handiwork of the enemy of the people of Afghanistan and the peace process.
He said, “We strongly condemn the cowardly and terrorist attack and call for a serious investigation by the relevant institutions as such attacks show the weakness and inability of the sworn enemies of the Afghanistan people.”
Second vice president Sarwar Danish, Minster of foreign affairs Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib and a number of other political figures also condemned the attack on Amrullah Saleh convoy.