EU reiterates support to Afghan peace, calls for truce

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KABUL: The European Union has reiterated its support to the ongoing Afghan peace process, urging an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, during a telephonic conversation with the Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar on Tuesday, said that the EU was supporting the continuation and success of the intra-Afghan talks.
The source said that Urpilainen also emphasized an immediate ceasefire between the warring parties in Afghanistan. Atmar thanked the EU for its continued support to the peace process and the protection of gains made over the past two decades.
He said that ensuring an immediate ceasefire, lasting peace and bringing an end to targeted assassinations of political and social activists in the country were the key priorities of the Afghan government, which should be taken into account during the second round of the talks in Qatar.
The two sides also discussed Afghan refugees’ situation in EU member states, as well as further strengthening cooperation in this regard.