The EU issued a statement on Tuesday welcoming an "agreement by political leaders on an inclusive negotiation team," calling it an "important step" towards intra-Afghan talks and towards a solution of the political crisis in Afghanistan.
“The EU Delegation in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission based in Kabul welcome the agreement by political leaders on an inclusive negotiation team. This constitutes an important step towards starting intra-Afghan negotiations and solving the domestic political crisis. We offer our full support to the newly established team. We encourage all political leaders to promote the effective participation of women, youth and victims,” it said.
“We also call on the Taliban to show genuine commitment to peace negotiations and to reduce violence and engage in meaningful discussions on a ceasefire, as per the Doha Agreement. This is the time to show a sincere constructive spirit; Peace is about compromises,” it said.
The statement also said that now that there is progress on the issue of prisoners, and the negotiation team has been chosen with a consensus, and there are no more reasons to postpone the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations.
“The Taliban should respect and work constructively with the team put in place in Kabul as the government should work with the team of the Taliban despite its lack of inclusivity,” it mentioned.
President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, retweeting the EU statement welcoming the peace team, said: "No more excuses, no more reasons to delay the talks if the Taliban are committed to peace and comply to that agreement they signed! The Afghan Gov has taken all those important steps for peace."
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call discussed the “need for Afghan leaders to form an inclusive government that makes reaching a political settlement a priority and bolsters the security of the state,” the US State Department said in a statement.