The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, spoke by telephone on 18 September with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.

She expressing condolences over the attack in Charikar, which killed and injured dozens, and reaffirmed the Union’s continued support to the Afghan people. Stressing the importance of an inclusive, Afghan-led peace process, she expressed her hope that the presidential elections of 28 September will be held in a calm, fair and transparent manner.

Regretting the suspension of the US-Taliban peace talks and the Intra-Afghan Dialogue, Mogherini highlighted that ceasefire and direct peace talks between the government and the Taliban are the only way forward towards peace.