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EU calls for immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan

The European Union has called for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan.

The call comes while earlier the Taliban carried out a deadly attack on a police checkpoint in Zabul, and Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) launched the deadliest attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul, killing at least 24 civilians and wounded nearly 80 others.

In a statement issued today, Saturday, March 28, the EU said the Union is committed to support human rights and freedom in Afghanistan. The EU would support Afghanistan’s long-running peace process that ultimately would bring stability to the country and guarantee the freedom of worships.

“All Afghans need a ceasefire more than ever,” the statement says. “This is the long-standing desire of majorities of people in this country supported by the EU.”

Earlier, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has also called on all parties to reduce the level of violence and take practical measures to protect civilians in Afghanistan.