• publish: 9 September 2019
  • time: 3:16 pm
  • category: Excerpted
  • No: 10239
The special envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan:

The elections set in that country are now more necessary than ever

The special envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan, Roland Kobia, affirmed this Sunday that the elections set in that country are now more necessary than ever due to the cancellation of the peace dialogue between the Taliban and the US.

The European official Tweeted that apparently the EU line advising the preparation of elections in parallel as if there were no peace process, ‘was not imprudent’.

He stressed the elections scheduled for September 28, ‘are more necessary now than ever.’

Kobia emphasized in another Tweet that Afghanistan needs political leadership ‘to move the country towards peace, stability and prosperity.’

This Sunday, the US President Donald Trump stated the negotiation process between the Taliban and the US was called off, following long months of talks in Qatar, and after announcing days ago the chance of signing the agreement soon.

Trump justified the cancellation of the dialogue because of the suicide bombing that killed a US soldier and 11 other people last Thursday.

Ghani, on the other hand, warned there will be no peace until the insurgent group declares a ceasefire and decides to enter into a direct dialogue with the government, a proposal to which the Taliban refuse when accusing the Afghan Executive of being servile to the US.

In addition, China and Pakistan agreed to strengthen cooperation with Afghanistan after the foreign ministers’ meeting of these three countries in Islamabad, as well as to increase trade relations and the fight against terrorism.

From Kabul it was reported that a total of 236 newly graduated Afghan officers joined the National Army today and will be allocated to strengthen security in the country’s rural area, where wide swaths are controlled by the Taliban.

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