The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO ) has released a statement calling on ‘Afghanistan’s political leaders and their supporters to come together to resolve their differences and form an inclusive government.’

In the statement, NATO said: “NATO encourages both sides to demonstrate goodwill by accelerating the release of prisoners, as a confidence-building measure and to embrace the international community’s call for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire.

“The continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgency of such measures. We call on the Taliban to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the Afghan people.”

Read the full statement here.