Vastavam web: The US today urged the Taliban to return to Afghanistan from their “foreign safe havens” and turn their bullets and bombs into ballots.The Taliban yesterday announced the commencement of their annual spring offensive in the war-ravaged country, in an apparent rejection of calls for the militants to accept the Afghan government’s offer of peace talks.Reacting to the Taliban’s announcement, the Acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan said that there was no need for a new fighting season, and that it was time for the Taliban to participate in the country’s electoral process.More violence will not bring peace and security to Afghanistan,” he said.
President Ghani, Sullivan said, recently extended an “historic invitation” to the Taliban to join the peace process.”There is no need for a new fighting season. Still, the Taliban announced another campaign of senseless violence targeting the democratically elected and internationally recognised Afghan government and their fellow Afghans,” he said.Sullivan said the US stands with the Afghan people in response to the Taliban’s announcement.
We commend the Afghan people, who are carrying on their lives, raising families, attending universities, building businesses, preparing for elections, and strengthening their communities despite violence and continued bloodshed,” he said. The US-backed Afghan government is under pressure to curb growing deadly terror attacks.