US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson said on Twitter on Tuesday that the current level of violence by the Taliban was not consistent with the US-Taliban peace agreement and must stop.
“I strongly second Gen. Miller’s call for the Taliban to stop its offensive in Helmand and reduce its violence around the country. This violence, which is not consistent with the US-Taliban agreement, leads only to unacceptable loss of life and destruction,” said Ross Wilson.
“It should stop so that all parties can move toward a lasting and much-needed peace for all Afghans,” he said.
This comes as fighting continues in multiple areas in Afghanistan.
Spokespeople for US forces in Afghanistan on Monday said that several targeted strikes were conducted in Helmand to support Afghan security forces under attack by the Taliban over the last few days.
Meanwhile, Gen. Scott Miller, US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan, said the Taliban should immediately stop their offensive in Helmand.
“The Taliban need to immediately stop their offensive actions in Helmand province and reduce their violence around the country. It is not consistent with the US-Taliban agreement and undermines the ongoing Afghan peace talks,” Miller said on Monday.
Under the US-Taliban agreement that was signed between the two sides on February 29, the Taliban committed to stop launching offensives on provincial capitals and major cities.
The Afghan government and other analysts maintain that the Taliban has increased attacks following the Doha agreement.
Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, on Monday said that historic steps have been taken for peace and the time has arrived to reduce violence and expedite the process of purposeful peace negotiations.
Abdullah, speaking at the opening ceremony of the Zamzam Foundation, a charity created to support war victims, said that the Afghan people expect that the peace negotiation talks will reach a conclusion as soon as possible.
“The talks are underway, the steps that have been taken are preliminary and historic steps, but the Afghan people expect these talks to be accelerated and violence to be reduced, because looking at current circumstances, violence has not been reduced but has increased compared to the past,” said Abdullah.