ISLAMABAD: The United States has called on Afghanistan’s warring sides to start negotiations without further delay to deter “those who seek to disrupt the peace process.”

US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad issued the call in response to Friday’s attempt on the life of a prominent female member of the Afghan national team designated to negotiate peace with the Taliban insurgency.

“We condemn the attempt on @FawziaKoofi77’s life…; a cowardly and criminal act by those who seek to delay and disrupt the #AfghanPeaceProcess,” Khalilzad said in a series of tweets. “I call on all sides who seek peace to not only condemn the attack but to accelerate the peace process and start intra-Afghan negotiations ASAP [as soon as possible],” Khalilzad stressed. Read more on THENEWS

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