FILE: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (left) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing a landmark peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on February 29, 2020. [Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]

KABUL, Afghanistan – The United States peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the ongoing peace process has lost “legitimacy in the eyes of the overwhelming number of Afghans”, urging for warring sides to reach a political agreement very soon.

His remarks came a day after an explosion killed at least 15, including 12 children, in Gilan district of the Ghazni province on Friday afternoon.  

“With the US-Taliban Agmt [agreement], US-Afgh Joint Declaration, broad intl support for peace & start of intra-Afghan negotiations, the intra-Afghan war and killing have lost their legitimacy in the eyes of the overwhelming number of Afghans who need and yearn for peace and security,” he said in a thread.

“The Islamic Republic and the Taliban must respect the demands of their people and reach a political agreement as soon as possible. The United States stands with the people of Afghanistan,” he added.

Calling the recent attack “heart-breaking”, Khalilzad exclaimed the killing and death of Afghans, including civilians, has “become too commonplace”.

“We condemn the ongoing high level of violence and we condemn all those who authorize and carry out such attacks across Afghanistan, creating terror and bloodshed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Khalilzad said together and with international support the warring side must “deal with menace of unexploded ordnance and mines across the country to save precious lives, children and adults.”

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  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.