KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan government “strongly welcomes the European Parliaments call for immediate and permanent ceasefire” in Afghanistan, said Presidential Spokesman Thursday.
“The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly welcomes the European Parliament call for immediate and permanent ceasefire and condemnation of violence,” said spokesman for the Afghan President Sediq Sediqqi in a tweet.
The Afghan government remarks came a day after the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister and Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Afghanistan Petras Auštrevičius issued a joint statement Wednesday, calling for “all sides to put in place an immediate ceasefire.”
“We welcome the launch of the direct peace negotiations between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban,” said the statement. “A comprehensive peace process is a precondition to end four decades of death and destruction and to bringing stability, security and peace to Afghanistan.”
Addressing the ongoing peace talks in Doha between the Afghan government and the Taliban delegation since September 12, the European Parliament said, “Intra-Afghan negotiations are key to the peace process.”
“The European Parliament will insist on the need to be inclusive in these Afghan-owned and Afghan-led negotiations,” the statement read. “All political factions and civil society, including Afghan women, youth and minorities, should be involved in the talks and throughout the whole process.”
Meanwhile, the Parliament condemned the escalation of violence throughout Afghanistan more recently, calling for “all stakeholders” to “put in place an immediate and permanent ceasefire.”
“The European Parliament stands ready to facilitate and support the peace process with the aim of preserving the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, building upon the political, economic and social achievements of the people of Afghanistan,” statement concluded.