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‘Urgent end’ to Taliban offensive urged

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More than a dozen diplomatic missions in Afghanista­n on Monday called for “an urgent end” to the Taliban’s ruthless military offensive, saying it was at odds with claims they want a negotiated settlement to end the conflict.

The statement — signed by the US, EU, and over a dozen other missions in Kabul — follows another round of inconclusi­ve talks in Qatar over the weekend between the Afghan government and the Taliban that many hoped would kick-start the ailing peace process.

“The Taliban’s offensive is in direct contradict­ion to their claim to support a negotiated settlement,” it read.

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