The United States is pressing the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgency to come together to bring to justice the perpetrators of Tuesday’s deadly terrorist strikes on a hospital and a funeral in Afghanistan.
U.S. peace envoy for the country, Zalmay Khalilzad, stressed Wednesday that cooperation between the two Afghan adversaries “is necessary” to deal with the “common enemy” of terrorism and work for national peace to tackle challenges facing the country.
“Failure to do so leaves Afghanistan vulnerable to terrorism, perpetual instability & economic hardship. Now is the time to press forward on peace,” Khalilzad tweeted Wednesday. He said the cooperation is also “necessary” to deal with the looming threat of the coronavirus pandemic.