Kabul (UNA-OIC) – US President Joe Biden said that it was the time for leadership and determination against Taliban aggression and violence.
The Afghan government and security forces have the potential to succeed in terms of training, facilities and troop numbers, Biden said, pointing out that “now is the time for leadership and will to face Taliban aggression and violence.”
He made the remarks as the US Embassy in Kabul had condemned the Taliban’s “violent new offensive against Afghan cities” and called for the Taliban to agree to a permanent ceasefire.
“This includes the unlawful seizure of Zaranj, the capital of Afghanistan’s Nimroz province, the attack on Sheberghan, capital of Jowzjan province yesterday and today, and continuing efforts to take over Lashkar Gah in Helmand and provincial capitals elsewhere,” the US Embassy said in a statement on Sunday.
“These Taliban actions to forcibly impose its rule are unacceptable and contradict its claim to support a negotiated settlement in the Doha peace process. They demonstrate wanton disregard for the welfare and rights of civilians and will worsen this country’s humanitarian crisis,” the statement read.
The embassy called for the Taliban to agree to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire and to engage fully in peace negotiations to end the suffering of the Afghan people and pave the way for an inclusive political settlement that benefits all Afghans and ensures that Afghanistan does not again serve as a safe haven for terrorists.