Afghan government welcomes EU’s call on Taliban for ‘full ceasefire’
Top officials of the
Afghan government have welcomed EU’s Special Envoy, Roland Kobia’s tweet
calling on the Taliban for “full ceasefire” to fight against the outbreak of
coronavirus in Afghanistan.
“Everyone has the
right to be helped against coronavirus. To be better helped, first measures
should be: full ceasefire, stop taxing humanitarian aid, ensure full access and
safety, coordinate and cooperate with Government,” said Roland Kobia in
response to a Taliban’s statement about the group’s readiness to cooperate for
combating the pandemic.
tweet, President Ghani’s spokesperson, Sediq Sediqi, and a senior advisor to
the President, Waheed Omar, stressed on the humanitarian grounds for holding a
ceasefire to fight the covid19. “Taliban should know that we are dealing with a
humanitarian situation caused by the Corona virus. They need to stop their
attacks and allow health workers to reach to vulnerable people in all parts of
Afghanistan,” Mr. Omar further noted in his tweet posted today, March 18.
According to the
president advisor, some reports indicate that the Taliban are causing problems
to health services in some areas of Afghanistan, adding that “it should be
Holding a nationwide
ceasefire is one of Afghan government’s main demand for more progress in the
peace talks with the Taliban. But the Taliban have repeatedly hesitated to make
it happen stressing on deciding upon it during intra-Afghan talks.