With Afghanistan caught between the devil and the deep sea amidst the country’s rising political tensions and the overarching coronavirus pandemic, the United States has urged the nation’s political leaders as well as the Taliban to focus on combating the COVID-19 crisis.
The United States peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, on behalf on the US has requested the same through a series of tweets on April 26.
Wishing the Afghans, the holy month of Ramadan that started on April 24, Khalilzad tweeted, “To all those who celebrate, Ramadan Kareem, Ramadan Mubarak, Happy Ramadan! The opportunity to reflect and think of others in these unprecedented times is a blessing.”
Acknowledging the political tension among rival forces that has affected the combat mechanism against the COVID-19, Khalilzad tweeted, “Ramadan offers Afghan leaders, President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah the opportunity to put the interest of the country ahead of their own”.
Understanding the role of the Taliban and calling for a ceasefire, Khalilzad added, “Similarly, Ramadan offers the Taliban an opportunity to embrace a humanitarian ceasefire to reduce violence and suspend offensive military operations until the health crisis is over”.