• publish: 28 January 2018
  • time: 1:08 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 5430

Tillerson: No tolerance for support or sanctuary to terrorists

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said:“There can be no tolerance for those who support or offer sanctuary to terrorist groups.

He added the United States stands with the people of Afghanistan, and America remains firmly committed to supporting the Afghan people’s efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country.

Tillerson said all countries who support peace in Afghanistan have an obligation to take decisive action to stop the Taliban’s campaign of violence.

He added: “The United States strongly condemns Saturday’s horrific attack in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives in this senseless attack.”

The US Secretary of State also said “the Taliban’s use of an ambulance as a weapon to target civilians represents inhumane disregard for the people of Afghanistan and all those working to bring peace to the country, and is a violation of the most basic international norms. We commend all the emergency services personnel for their courageous actions in responding to this terrorist attack.”

This came after President Donald Trump said on twitter Saturday that “we will not allow the Taliban to win”.

Saturday’s deadly bombing that claimed the lives of at least 95 people has sparked a global outcry – also because an ambulance was used in the incident.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

This was just the latest in a string of attacks last week that claimed in total well over 100 lives around the country and wounded hundreds more. It was also the second major attack in Kabul, following the previous weekend’s siege of Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel.


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