INTERNATIONAL

Foreign Missions Concerned Over Violence : Call For An Urgent End To Ferocity In Afghanistan

More than a dozen Diplomatic Missions in Afghanistan called for an urgent end to the Taliban's offensive, saying it was at odds with a negotiated settlement to end the conflict.

The statement, signed by the US, EU, and more than 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 had hoped would kick-start the ailing peace process.

For months, the two sides have been meeting on and off in the Qatari Capital, but have achieved little, if any, notable success, with the discussions appearing to have lost momentum as the Taliban make battlefield gains.

Taliban's Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has said he strenuously favours a political settlement.