UN chief welcomes agreement between Afghan government and Taliban to speed up peace talks

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UNITED NATIONS, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – July 20, 2021): UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “encouraged” by the agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban to speed up peace talks, according to his deputy spokesperson Farhan Aziz Haq.

“The secretary-general is encouraged by the joint statement issued on Sunday in Doha, Qatar, under which the two sides agreed to step up their high-level commitments in order to find a ‘just and timely solution’ to the conflict,” he said. he added. the spokesperson said in response to a question.

In this regard, the UN chief echoed the joint statement issued on Monday by the diplomatic missions of 15 countries, NATO and the European Union in Afghanistan calling for an end to violence, a ceasefire. -permanent and global fire and meaningful peace negotiations.

“The Secretary-General stresses the importance of reaching, as a matter of urgency, a negotiated settlement that meets the needs of all Afghan men and women,” the spokesperson said.

Guterres urged the parties to honor their commitment to speed up negotiations and address the humanitarian needs of the people.

He also called on the international community to unite their efforts to support the peace process.

“The secretary general hopes that the holiday of Eid al-Azha will be celebrated in peace in Afghanistan,” the spokesperson added.

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