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Kabul expected to declare another Eid ceasefire

Kabul expected to declare another Eid ceasefire

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Jul 19, 2018 - 13:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The government might declare another unilateral ceasefire during the Eidul Adha festival, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told Pajhwok Afghan News the government would observe the ceasefire. However, he did not provide details of truce duration.

Earlier, President Ghani declared a truce with the Talibaninfo-icon from the 27th of Ramadaninfo-icon till the fifth day of Eidul Fitr. The Taliban also observed a three-day truce.

On Wednesday, Ghani told the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting that peace was urgent and should be achieved before the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections.

The president said the Afghans’ aspirations for peace had seen a change and they were no longer looking to others to bring them peace and stability.

“I believe the Afghan nation wants change. You will see this in the elections and the peace process. What we need is tolerance and promotion of this culture,” he remarked.

About direct talks between the US and Taliban, the source said the Trump administration would not take any step without the Afghan government’s consent.

“The US will never talk to Taliban without our agreement,” the official insisted, saying the global fraternity unanimously supported an Afghan-owned peace effort.

He believed the US could play a role in facilitating negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban, who were no longer fighting against American troops.

In his offer of dialogue at the Kabul Process meeting, Ghani had indicated the issue of foreign troop presence could be discussed and the US had also hinted at it, the source said.

He said withdrawal of foreign troops was possible if Taliban joined the peace process.

The 1+6 countries, including Russia, Pakistaninfo-icon, Iran, China and Saudi Arabia, had offered peace guarantees and in the second round of the Kabul Process would involve 27 countries.

sa/mud

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