© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Afghan policeman retains watch on the verify submit on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
KABUL (Reuters) -Fifteen diplomatic missions and the NATO consultant in Afghanistan urged the Taliban on Monday to halt their army offensives simply hours after the rival Afghan sides did not agree on a ceasefire at a peace assembly in Doha.
A delegation of Afghan leaders met the Taliban’s political management within the Qatari capital over the weekend however the Taliban, in a stated in a press release late on Sunday, made no point out of a halt to Afghanistan’s escalating violence.
“This Eid al-Adha, the Taliban ought to lay down their weapons for good and present the world their dedication to the peace course of,” the 15 missions and the NATO consultant stated, referring to Tuesday’s Muslim vacation in Afghanistan.
The assertion was supported by Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Britain and america and NATO’s senior civilian consultant.
Over latest Eid holidays, the Taliban have known as brief ceasefires, saying they wished to let Afghans spend them in peace.
This time there was no such announcement because the Taliban make swift territorial positive aspects in near-unprecedented ranges of combating nationwide as U.S.-led overseas forces full their withdrawal after 20 years of combating.
Monday’s assertion additionally condemned rights violations, comparable to efforts to close faculties and media shops in areas just lately captured by the Taliban. The militants have beforehand denied such actions.
‘SEEKING A SETTLEMENT’
The Taliban stated on Monday that they had captured the Dehrawood district in Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, after heavy clashes with authorities forces the earlier night time. Provincial officers confirmed the Taliban advance.
Within the northern province of Samangan, safety forces managed to wrest Dara-e-Sof Bala district again from insurgents, the army within the space stated, including that 24 Taliban fighters, together with a shadow district governor and two commanders, had been killed.
Clashes have been occurring there on Monday.
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the knowledge offered by the army.
President Ashraf Ghani on Monday visited the provincial capital of Herat province within the west. The Taliban have captured all 17 of the province’s districts in latest days, barring the capital, Herat metropolis, which is below siege.
In Doha, political leaders and the Taliban mentioned a political settlement to finish the battle, the chairman of a council for peace, Abdullah Abdullah, who took half within the talks, stated on Monday.
“We agreed to proceed the talks, search a political settlement to the present disaster, keep away from civilian casualties, facilitate humanitarian help and medical provides to sort out COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated on Twitter.
In a press release late on Sunday, the Taliban stated: “Either side agreed upon the necessity for expedition within the peace talks, with the intention to discover a honest and everlasting resolution for the present situation in Afghanistan as quickly as potential.”
Peace talks between the Taliban and outstanding Afghans from the federal government aspect – the militants have refused to recognise or speak to the U.S.-backed authorities – began in September final 12 months however have did not make any progress.
The Taliban’s spokesman in Doha, Mohammed Naeem, denied media reviews that the rebel group had agreed to an Eid ceasefire in alternate for the discharge of its prisoners.