US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday said he "returns to Doha and the region with expectations that the parties will make tangible progress in the next round of Afghanistan peace negotiations" that are expected to resume Tuesday.
"Both sides must demonstrate they are acting in the best interest of the Afghan people by making real compromises and negotiating an agreement on a political settlement as soon as possible and an immediate significant reduction in violence/ceasefire," Khalilzad said.
"The current levels of violence, including targeted killings, is unacceptable. Those perpetuating the violence seek to undermine the peace process and the country's future. They do not reflect the will of the Afghan people, who yearn for peace," Khalilzad concluded.
The second round of the peace negotiations is set to begin Tuesday and the negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan said that their consultations on the agenda of the negotiations have ended and they are ready to enter the new phase of the process.
The team is expected to meet Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, and the leadership committee of the council on Monday evening to discuss the basic lines for the talks.
The deputy head of the EU delegation in Afghanistan, Arnout Pauwels, said that this round of talks is critical and that the European Union expects that violence will end in the country with the start of negotiations.
“They’re absolutely crucial, the peace talks, the intra-Afghan negotiations, that should lead to inclusive and sustainable peace deal,” he said. “This country has known violence and war for a long time in its history but now forty-two years almost continuously, so almost two generations grew up with violence.”
The negotiating team said that the end of violence is a priority for them in the talks with the Taliban.
Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani on Monday reiterated that there will be no compromise on security and the defense forces in the peace negotiations and that the troops have given the "highest sacrifice" in the last six years.