“Truce” will discharge Taliban of blame for increased violence: Atmar


KABUL: The Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar stressed that a nationwide truce would absolve the Taliban from responsibility for Afghanistan’s current high levels of violence.

“The Afghan government sees that a ceasefire agreement would serve as the best evidence on the Taliban not seeking violence and that they are not responsible for the current level of violence in the country,” Atmar said in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat during his visit to Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Atmar underlined that the Afghan government fulfilled all the Taliban’s demands, and now it was the group’s turn to hold on to their commitments and show its good intentions.

“We have released over 6,000 detainees and met all the demands made by the Taliban,” he said.

“Now the Taliban must prove to the Afghan people and the international community that they are fulfilling the promises and obligations they signed,” he added.

On the other hand, he expected regional and international support to strengthen Afghan negotiations, remarking that holding the talks alone was not enough to overcome the complications lying on the path of achieving peace.

Atmar also emphasized that Afghanistan did not want to be involved in the regional conflict and highlighted support from Muslim World League to Afghanistan was significant.