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Trump administration backs Afghan peace negotiations

Trump administration backs Afghan peace negotiations

Jun 24, 2018 - 10:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Trump administration has voiced its willingness of work with the Afghan government and the Talibaninfo-icon to reach a peace agreement and political settlement.

During the Eid festival, President Ashraf Ghani offered to extend the Afghan government’s June 11 ceasefire and start peace negotiations with the militant movement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “As President Ghani emphasised in his statement, peace talks by necessity would include a discussion of the role of international actors and forces…”

The United States, the secretary was quoted as saying by Radio Free Europe, was ready to support, facilitate and participate in these discussions.

“All of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s people benefit from the end of bloodshed, and we have seen the overwhelmingly positive reaction from Afghans across societyinfo-icon,” Pompeo remarked. “

He called agreement on initiating peace talks an expression of determination to create a unified Afghanistan, where all its citizens could live in peace and dignity.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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