Diplomatic missions of fifteen countries and representatives of NATO member countries in Afghanistan in a joint statement asked the Taliban to urgently end the ongoing offensive.

The statement read that the current violation thwarts efforts to a negotiated peace and harms Afghan people.

The countries include Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the EU Delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, the Office of NATO and Senior Civilian Representative, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The statement condemns targeted assassinations over the country, destruction of infrastructures, threats, declarations, and other actions against the gains of the past 20 years. It adds the achievements of the past two-decade are strongly supported by the states.

The claim for destroying vital infrastructure comes a day after the Afghan delegation and the Taliban in a joint statement declared to protect these infrastructures.

The ongoing military offensive by the Taliban is in obvious contradiction to the claim of the group to support negotiated settlement to the conflict and to the peace process.

The fifteen countries also vehemently condemned human rights violations by the Taliban in districts that are in their control.

The countries jointly called on the Taliban to cease fire in the coming Eid to show the world their commitment to peace in Afghanistan.

The two-day intra-afghan negotiations that ended Sunday were believed to culminate in at least a short-term armistice but there is no news of any kind of ceasefire after the talks.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.