US hopes Taliban will pursue genuine peace with Afghan govt
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Condemning in strongest possible terms the suicide attack in Kabul, the White House on Friday hoped that the new Taliban leadership would pursue a genuine peace effort with the Afghan government.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms last night's bombing in Kabul, which reports indicate killed more than 15 people, and wounded as many as 400 civilians, including women and children, the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters at his daily news conference.
“This heinous attack demonstrates once again the ever-growing gulf between extremists and the people of Afghanistan and it certainly shows the blatant disregard for human life on the part of those extremists,” he said.
Earnest said that “the fact is in recent years the Afghan people have endured much, but they are resilient and are resilient even in the face of a brutal insurgency. We continue to believe and continue to urge the Taliban to heed President (Ashraf) Ghani's call for reconciliation and make genuine peace with the Afghan government.” He couldn’t confirm if the Taliban were behind the attack.
“But what is clear is that there does appear to be an opening and we are hopeful that the Taliban will take advantage of that opening to try to pursue a genuine peace with the Afghan government,” he said in an apparent reference to the new Taliban leadership after the death of Mullah Omar.
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