US urges Taliban to return to negotiating table

US urges Taliban to return to negotiating table

Following the escalation of the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, the United States on Wednesday urged the group to end the ongoing violence and return to the negotiating table.


UMMATIMES - Ross Wilson, Washington's representative in the capital Kabul, said in a series of tweets that first-hand reports of Taliban attacks had been reported in various parts of the country.

"We call on the Taliban to end the ongoing violence and return to the negotiating table," the US ambassador to Afghanistan tweeted.

He also quoted Ned Price, a State Department spokesman, as saying last week, “The world will not accept coercion … in Afghanistan.”

US Central Command on Tuesday (29/6) announced it was taking 896 cargoes of material from Afghanistan via the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III as part of President Joe Biden's plan to be completed by September.

“In addition, the US has officially handed over six facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. We anticipate additional transfers of military bases and assets in the future that will support ANDSF/GIRoA (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces/Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) as they work to stabilize and defend their country,” CENTCOM said.

Amid the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the country's Ministry of Defense claims 166 Taliban were killed and 82 others injured in the past 24 hours during counter-terrorism attacks in various provinces. After the withdrawal of US troops, the Taliban began carrying out attacks nationwide, taking control of more than 50 districts there.