By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday welcomed NATO’s statement on key next steps that are necessary for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The diplomat tweeted, “They reiterated the need for a humanitarian ceasefire to help manage the COVID-19 outbreak, urged the Taliban to reduce violence, called on the Afghan govt to end the political crisis, and said all sides should move more quickly on prisoner releases.”
He wrote: “How urgently and with what conviction the sides respond to these steps will determine whether Afghanistan moves forward or remains mired in war, poverty and disease.”
The US-Taliban agreement provided a historic opportunity for Afghanistan, he believed. The US and its allies, indeed the international community, called on Afghan leaders to put their country and people first, he added.