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Immediately end violence in Afghanistan: NATO Foreign Ministers NATO
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Immediately end violence in Afghanistan: NATO Foreign Ministers

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Aug 2021, 09:27 pm

Brussels:  NATO foreign ministers on Friday expressed deep concern about the grave events in Afghanistan and called for an immediate end to the violence.

"We also express deep concerns about reports of serious human rights violations and abuses across Afghanistan. We affirm our commitment to the statement by the UN Security Council on 16 August, and we call for adherence to international norms and standards on human rights and international humanitarian law in all circumstances," read the statement issued by NATO.

The ministers said the immediate concern is to safely evacuate citizens of alliance nations from war-torn Afghanistan.

"We call on those in positions of authority in Afghanistan to respect and facilitate their safe and orderly departure, including through Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.  As long as evacuation operations continue, we will maintain our close operational coordination through Allied military means at Hamid Karzai International Airport," read the statement.

The ministers said: "The Afghan people deserve to live in safety, security and dignity, and to build on the important political, economic and social achievements they have made over the last twenty years.  We stand by civil society actors who must be able to continue to safely play their meaningful role in Afghan society."

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"We call on all parties in Afghanistan to work in good faith to establish an inclusive and representative government, including with the meaningful participation of women and minority groups. 

"Under the current circumstances, NATO has suspended all support to the Afghan authorities.  Any future Afghan government must adhere to Afghanistan’s international obligations; safeguard the human rights of all Afghans, particularly women, children, and minorities; uphold the rule of law; allow unhindered humanitarian access; and ensure that Afghanistan never again serves as a safe haven for terrorists," read the statement.

The ministers said they would not allow any terrorists to threaten us. 

"We remain committed to fighting terrorism with determination, resolve, and in solidarity," read the statement.

On August 15, the Taliban entered Kabul.

President Ashraf Ghani resigned and fled the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would occur if militants stormed the city.

Many countries have since started evacuating their citizens and diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan.