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Russia, China and Germany asks US to resume peace talks with Taliban

Russia, China and Germany at the United Nations ask the United States to resumethe talks with the Taliban, after Donald Trump scrapped the negotiations with the militants after a Thursday suicide attack that killed 12 people including an American soldier in Kabul.

Three world’s major powers said political solution would be the only way to end the Afghan war.

“China calls on the United States to continue negotiations and reach the agreement. We ask all parties in Afghanistan including Taliban to prioritize their national interests and the interests of Afghan people and use this historical opportunity for holding negotiations,” Chinese representative, said.

While Germany’s envoy at the UN said: “Despite stopping of the US and Taliban negotiations, we need to compare the current situation with last year. There was no sign of negotiations last year, while we have an outlook for a real peace process today.”

Russia’s representative said that “we feel sorry for the suspension of negotiations between the US and Taliban, which could pave the ground for the peace process and national reconciliation as well as a peaceful political solution in Afghanistan. We believe the suspension of talks will not take long.”

The US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad held nine rounds of talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan since last year. They reached at the threshold of a dealand as Khalilzad said, they had agreed on principles.

A few days ago, the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto also urged the Taliban and President Ghani’s administration to hold talks on peace.

“War could only be ended through face to face negotiations of the Afghans. These negotiations should be comprehensive and represent all the classes of Afghan society. Thus, it is important that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Taliban hold a direct negotiation as soon as possible,” Yamamoto said.

Adela Raz, Afghan Permanent Representative at the United Nations, called for a reliable presidential election in her country.

“Despite all security threats and challenges, the people of Afghanistan are determined for elections. Each vote will display people’s will for the continuation of stability and democracy.”

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