The international community has expressed its solidarity with Afghanistan following the bomb in Kabul that left more than 90 people dead. A number of nations have put out statements condemning the attack and offering support, and in the most visible sign of international outrage lights were turned off at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed his thanks for US support to Afghanistan in a phone call with President Donald Trump. The US president called to convey his deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the murderous attack that took place on 31st May near the diplomatic zone in Kabul.
In the call, both leaders have condemned the attack, which occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, underscoring the barbaric nature of the terrorists who are enemies of all civilized peoples.
The US president commended the bravery of Afghan first responders, who worked quickly to support the wounded.
A White House statement said that he ‘also commended Afghan security forces for their steadfast efforts to defend the Afghan people from enemies who would seek to deny them the security and prosperity they so richly deserve.’
President Ghani took the call after visiting people wounded by the attack in hospital.
In a late night TV address he said the Afghan government and people stood united against terrorism. He said ‘The international community has today once again shown their commitment to assist Afghanistan to prevent the barbaric actions of terrorists.’
He reaffirmed his commitment to a reaching a peace settlement, calling on armed groups to ‘end their fighting against the Afghan nation, and solve disagreements through dialogue.’ But he warned that Afghan forces were being given new powers to act against those who continued to fight. And he said that attacks such as the one in Kabul showed that terrorists had no hope of winning a conventional war, and were facing increasingly strong Afghan forces.
The president appealed to people to remember the history of a proud country that had withstood every invasion. In the past Afghans ‘safeguarded their well-earned unity,’
Today’s generation needed to do the same. ‘We must not let terrorist groups use our holy land for their unholy aims.’