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Local Taliban willing to reconcile: Uruzgan governor

Local Taliban willing to reconcile: Uruzgan governor

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Jun 24, 2018 - 16:57

TIRNIKOT (Pajhwok): The governor of central Uruzgan province on Sunday said some local Talibaninfo-icon fighters were willing to reconcile and join the peace process.

Mohammad Safiq Asadullah Sayed was speaking at farewell ceremony for a NATOinfo-icon Resolute Support (RS) mission commander for the southern zone Gen. John Lathrop who was replaced by Gen Jeff Smiley.

The governor thanked the former RS commander and troops for what he said cooperating a lot in training the Afghan forces. The governor  said there were hopes for peace and Taliban leaders would soon join peace talks.

He added local Taliban militants were ready to join the peace process if reconstructioninfo-icon projects were carried out to create jobs for common people. The government would provide township and other facilities for militants renouncing violence, he said.

Amir Mohammad Barakzai, the provincial council chief, said thousands of families had been displaced over the past two years and had since been leading a miserable life.

Gen. John Lathrop said the temporary ceasefire had given hope to the Afghans that peace would return to the country and the RS mission welcomed and supported the truce.

He said President Ashraf Ghani’s peace offer came from a point of strength as all Afghans wanted peace and stability.

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