The European Union special envoy to Afghanistan reaffirms commitment to continued support to the Afghan people and urge parties to stop violence and get the peace negotiations to move forward, EU said in a statement.

Mr. Tomas Niklasson, the new EU special envoy to Afghanistan has met with different women groups in Afghanistan and the students who have survived the recent terrorist attack of Sayed-al-Shuahada school in the west of Kabul city, the statement said.

As the troops are withdrawing, the EU’s intention is to stay in Afghanistan – continuing our support to the people. Despite the challenging times Afghanistan is facing, I am struck by the strong resilience of the people of this country, Tomas has said.

He has further added that the violence must stop and the peace talks must move from discussions on procedures to substantial negotiations.

I would be happy the day sanctions on the Taliban could be lifted. For that to happen we need to see significant progress in the peace process and a stop to the violence told Mr. Niklasson.

This comes the violence and civilian casualties have dramatically increased in Afghanistan in the last weeks amid peace efforts.

A group of Afghan negotiating team members have reached Doha to resume talks with the Taliban.


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