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Attack on VP triggers global condemnation

Attack on VP triggers global condemnation

Sep 10, 2020 - 08:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has vehemently denounced Wednesday’s attack targeting Vice President Amrullah Saleh's convoy in Kabul.

Saleh’s motorcade came under attack in the Taimani area of Kabul. The VP sustained minor injuries, but at least 10 civilians were killed and 16 others wounded.

In a statement, the OIC Secretariat extended sincere condolences and sympathy to relatives of the victims, the government and people of Afghanistaninfo-icon. It wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The major Islamic bloc, according to the Saudi Press Agency, reiterated its solidarity with Afghanistan in confronting what it called the phenomena of violence, terror and extremism in all their forms.

Ex-president Hamid Karzai condemned the bombing in the strongest terms. However, he hoped peace negotiations among the Afghans would begin soon.

Massoum Stanikzai, leader of the government's team for peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon, slammed the incident as "unjustifiable" and called for an end to violence.

In New Delhi, Externalinfo-icon Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said India stands with Afghanistan in the fight to eradicate terror infrastructure and create enduring peace in the country.

The Foreign Office in Islamabad also condemned the attack on Saleh’s convoy. In a statement, it said violence offered no solution to the problems being faced by the Afghans.

The EU Delegation in Afghanistan also hit out at what it called a "cowardly attack" on Saleh. "We are glad that he remains unharmed. This is an attack on the Republic, and a desperate act by spoilers of peace efforts, who must be collectively confronted.”

NATOinfo-icon's Senior Civilian Representative Stefano Pontecorvo said: "The enemies of peace continue to ignore the will of the Afghan people to stop violence and start intra-Afghan negotiations.”

UNAMA chief Deborah Lyons tweeted: “Relieved to hear Saleh survived today’s deplorable attack. Shocked by initial high number of civilian casualties, mainly bystanders. Perpetrators must face justice."

US Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson tweeted he was shocked by the attack on Saleh’s convoy. “We strongly support efforts that we hope begin soon in Doha toward lasting peace and an end to this kind of violence.”

Meanwhile, the embassies of Germany, Canada and France said such acts were unacceptable and appeared to be attempts at spoiling the Afghan peace process.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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