- Kabul: US on Wednesday hailed a three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban, raising hopes that the long-delayed peace talks.The ceasefire truce would start from Friday, and is the second such truce proposal from the militants in just over two months.
“We welcome the Taliban announcement of an Eid ceasefire and the Afghan government´s reciprocal announcement,” Zalmay Khalilzad said on Twitter on Wednesday.
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- “Our hope is this Eid brings all Afghans together in understanding & mutual respect and one step closer to a sustainable peace.”
The Taliban proposed the ceasefire after Ghani said his government was ready for talks next week.
The Taliban had indicated last week that they too are prepared to negotiate after the Eid holidays, and on Tuesday they declared the ceasefire.
Taliban military spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid ordered insurgents “to refrain from carrying out any operation against the enemy during the three days and nights of Eid al-Adha so… our countrymen would spend the Eid with confidence and joy.”