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US condemns recent attack on Afghan Peace negotiator

ANI | Updated: Aug 16, 2020 05:47 IST


Washington [US], August 16 (ANI/Sputnik): The United States condemned an attack on Fawzia Koofi, a member of the Afghan government's peace negotiation team, and called on all sides to begin intra-Afghan talks as soon as possible, said US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.
On Friday, Koofi was attacked by a group of people in Kabul, receiving minor injuries. The incident took place ahead of a likely beginning of the talks in Doha.
"We condemn the attempt on [Fawzia Koofi's] life that took place in Afghanistan on Friday; a cowardly and criminal act by those who seek to delay and disrupt the #AfghanPeaceProcess. Fawzia is an important voice, a member of the inclusive Islamic Republic negotiating team and has been a strong advocate of women's rights." Khalilzad tweeted.

"We are relieved she escaped without serious injury. I call on all sides who seek peace to not only condemn the attack but to accelerate the peace process and start intra-Afghan negotiations ASAP," he added.
Earlier in the week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a decree on the freeing of the remaining 400 prisoners that the Taliban sought the release of before beginning talks with the Afghan government.
The intra-Afghan talks are now expected to pave the way for a peace process and withdrawal of foreign troops after almost two decades of war and insurgency. (ANI/Sputnik)

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