Contrary to the spirit of the Doha Agreement, military and terror attacks continue to take place across Afghanistan. After last Friday’s attack in Zabul, dozens of civilians were killed and injured at their place of worship in Kabul Gurudwara, in a direct attack against Afghanistan’s Sikh community. The EU condemns all these acts in the strongest possible terms and sends its condolences to the families of the victims. The EU will continue to help protect and promote the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghans, including ethnic and religious minorities, and to promote a long-overdue peace process that brings peace, tolerance and stability to the country and guarantees freedom of worship for all people of Afghanistan.
Now more than ever, Afghanistan needs a ceasefire. This is the long-standing demand of a large majority of Afghans, strongly supported by the EU. UN Secretary-General Guterres’ call for a global ceasefire to allow for humanitarian assistance to reach populations that are most vulnerable gives additional impetus to address the situation as a matter of urgency.