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Monday, 17 May 2021 03:19 GMT

Afghanistan- EU Envoy Urges Taliban to Attend Istanbul Peace Conference


(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) KABUL - EU Ambassador to Kabul Andreas Von Brandt has called on the Taliban to engage in serious negotiations with the Afghan government.
Addressing the inauguration of the 'Afghanistan Free Speech Hub by a group of Afghan journalists and media officials in Kabul, Von Brandt said that the Taliban should not miss opportunities for maintaining peace in Afghanistan.
'As we entered in the holy month of Ramadan I still hope that the Taliban will not miss this opportunity offered to them in Istanbul, he said.
'There is actually no time to waste, Von Brandt stressed.
'If the Taliban want to be part of a government in Afghanistan, benefit from our development assistance from our trade, from our humanitarian aid, from the international exposure they better start seriously negotiating, the EU diplomat said.
This comes after US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday announced that a full withdrawal of troops would start from May 1 and end by September 11 – the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.
EU Ambassador stated that the organization would continue its mission in Afghanistan beyond foreign troop withdrawal.
'Let one thing be clear the EU delegation will continue to be here and continue to do its work, Von Brandt said.
He, meanwhile, called on the warring parties to compromise for the sake of the Afghan people.
'Understanding between hereditary enemies is actually possible and peaceful transitions can be managed, Von Brandt said.
'It is an example…how the blood on the battlefield can be exchanged for patience at the negotiating table, how horrific conflicts and wars can be ended through joint institutions.
'But all these needs of course compromise and the readiness for each side to make concessions, he added.
He emphasized that if war continues or intensifies 'everybody will lose terribly.
'Of course we are strong supporters to an inclusive peace process that reflects the concerns of the people of Afghanistan that includes women, war victims, civil society, and of course all groups of the population, he said. (ATN)

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