The US particular envoy for Afghanistan on Thursday demanded that every one sides cut back violence, after shuttling from Kabul to the Gulf to push a peace effort that appears more and more precarious.
The envoy, Afghan-born Zalmay Khalilzad, the architect of a February settlement with the Taliban clearing the way in which for a US troop withdrawal, met Taliban leaders in Doha on Wednesday, hours after assembly authorities leaders in Kabul.
“On violence, I told the Taliban, violence by all sides must fall,” Khalilzad stated on Twitter.
Violence has surged in latest days after a bloody militant raid in Kabul, which the Taliban denied accountability for, triggered an Afghan authorities order for its forces to go on the offensive.
Clashes have erupted in a number of components of the nation with dozens killed.
The principle component of the Feb 29 settlement between the USA and the Taliban was the withdrawal of US-led overseas forces in trade for Taliban safety ensures.
A Taliban ceasefire was not a part of the pact although the militants, combating since their 2001 ouster to expel overseas troops and convey again Islamic rule, promised to enter power-sharing talks with the US-backed authorities.
However peace efforts have stalled over disagreement on an trade of prisoners.
Khalilzad stated he met Taliban leaders, together with political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and mentioned the prisoner launch and decreasing violence.
Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada on Wednesday launched a press release for the Eidul Fitr vacation calling for progress on peace but additionally telling his fighters to remain “focused on their objectives” and “consolidate … ranks”, which authorities safety officers criticised as inciting violence.
Earlier on Wednesday, Khalilzad met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah.
Ghani and Abdullah signed an settlement to share energy on Sunday, ending a months-long deadlock over a disputed election, and elevating hopes that the federal government would now deal with the US-brokered peace course of effort.