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KABUL Fifteen diplomatic missions and the NATO representa­tive in Afghanista­n urged the Taliban on Monday to halt their military offensives, just hours after the insurgents and the Afghan government failed to agree on a ceasefire at talks in Doha.

A delegation of Afghan leaders met the Taliban's political leadership in the Qatari capital over the weekend. But in a statement late on Sunday, the Taliban made no mention of a halt to Afghanista­n's escalating violence.

“This Eid al-Adha, the Taliban should lay down their weapons for good and show the world their commitment to the peace process,” the 15 missions and the NATO representa­tive said, referring to Tuesday's Muslim holiday in Afghanista­n.

The statement was supported by Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherland­s, Spain, Sweden, Britain and the United States and NATO's senior civilian representa­tive.

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