EU expresses concern over situation in Afghanistan

The European Union has once again expressed grave concern over the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.

In a statement issued late Thursday night, European Foreign Minister Joseph Borrell sent two messages to the Ashraf Ghani government and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Addressing the Taliban, European Foreign Minister Joseph Borrell said the Taliban’s ongoing military action was against their stated commitment to resolving the conflict and the Doha peace process. 

The European Union condemns the growing international human rights violations in Taliban-held areas.

The European Union calls on the Taliban to immediately resume concrete, regular and structured talks and to immediately end the ongoing violence and call for a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire. 

These constant attacks are causing unacceptable suffering to Afghan citizens and increasing the number of internally displaced people seeking protection.

On the other hand, the head of European Foreign Affairs, Joseph Borrell, addressing the Ashraf Ghani government, said: “We encourage the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to resolve its political differences, increase representation of all stakeholders and share a common vision. To negotiate with Taliban

“The European Union aims to continue its partnership and support with the Afghan people, but will also support a peaceful and comprehensive settlement and respect for the fundamental rights of all Afghans, including women, youth and minorities,” the statement added.

He added that it was important for the EU to secure significant benefits such as access to education for women and girls over the past two decades.

Addressing the Taliban at the end of the statement, he added that otherwise, if power is seized by force and the Islamic Emirate is re-established, the Taliban will face anonymous isolation, lack of international support and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. There will be prolonged instability.

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