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US, India, Pakistan welcomes Afghan govt, Taliban Eid truce

US, India, Pakistan welcomes Afghan govt, Taliban Eid truce

May 24, 2020 - 15:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US, India, Pakistaninfo-icon, NATOinfo-icon, EU and UN on Sunday welcomed the Talibaninfo-icon and Afghan government announcements of ceasefire during Eid-ul-Fitr.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement said: “I welcome the announcements by the Taliban to observe a three-day ceasefire for Eid and the Afghan government to reciprocate.”

“We worked hard to achieve this moment, and I hope that this respite from conflict gives Afghan people the space and security they deserve to celebrate Eid, while allowing the Taliban and the government the opportunity to take additional steps toward a peaceful future for their country,” he said.

Pompeo reaffirmed US commitment to the implementation of the US-Taliban agreement and the US-Afghanistaninfo-icon Joint Declaration.

“With the political crisis in Afghanistan resolved, I expect newly named Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and President Ghani to seize the opportunity to remove the remaining obstacles that have delayed the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, starting with releasing prisoners,” he said.

Pompeo hoped the Taliban to adhere to their commitment not to allow released prisoners to return to the battlefield.

“Finally, I expect both leaders of the Afghan government and the Taliban not to escalate violence after Eid. This violence is counterproductive, deepens grievances, and prolongs the suffering of the Afghan people.”

“Peace is the consistent and overwhelming desire of the Afghan people. We hope this ceasefire can build trust. Next, all sides should work together to build on the momentum of this historic Eid ceasefire to move with urgency to intra-Afghan negotiations.” Pompeo added.

EU also Welcomes the announcement of a reciprocal EID ceasefire by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. We urge the parties to the conflict to seize this opportunity to bring an end to the violence with a permanent ceasefire and to start intra-Afghan negotiations without delay.

Separately, India welcomed the understanding reached for a ceasefire in Afghanistan for three days during the Eid.

In a statement, India foreign ministry said: “We hope that this ceasefire would extend further and become permanent to address the dire humanitarian situation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and pave the way for durable peace and stability for the people of Afghanistan.”

“India stands with the people of Afghanistan in their quest for enduring peace, security, sovereignty, and prosperity,” the statement said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also welcomed the ceasefire and said: “I welcome the statements by the government of #Afghanistan & the Taliban on a 3-day ceasefire over Eid. All parties should seize this opportunity for peace, for the benefit of all Afghans. #NATO remains committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security.”

US Forces in Afghanistan also welcomed the move, stressed over reduction in violence and launch of intra-Afghan talks.

“USFOR-A welcomes the announcements from the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban in observing a three-day cease fire during Eid. We reiterate our call for the militaries of all sides to reduce violence to allow the peace process to take hold.”

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) hailed government and the Taliban ceasefire and said: “UNAMA welcomes Taliban & #Afghanistan government statements of a 3-day ceasefire over Eid. The Afghan people deserve a respite from violence. The UN urges parties to respect the halt to fighting & urgently look to make it permanent. Intra-Afghan peace negotiations need to start.”

Pakistan welcomed announcements by the Taliban and the Afghanistan Government about ceasefire on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

“While extending Eid greetings to our Afghan brethren, we pray for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.”

 

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