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Mattis sees hopeful signs in Afghanistan

Mattis sees hopeful signs in Afghanistan

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Jun 25, 2018 - 11:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): There are hopeful indications of peace parleys between the Afghan government and the Talibaninfo-icon, says US Defense Secretary James Mattis.

After 17 years of fighting in the country, the armed opposition embraced a three-day Eid ceasefire offered by President Ashraf Ghani.

“Clearly Ghani has hit a responsive chord,” Mattis was quoted as saying by AFP. “Not just on the Afghan government side, but also it cut deep into the Taliban. We’ll see how this goes forward.”

During the first-ever truce between the two sides, widely hailed as an unprecedented development, combatants hugged and exchanged sweets in different parts of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Mattis spoke reporters as he headed to mainland China on his maiden visit. He hoped to initiate a "transparent strategic dialogue" with China.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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