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President Ghani Announces Conditional Ceasefire with Taliban

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Monday August 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, has announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Eid-al-Adha holiday.
The militant movement said it would free hundreds of prisoners, without going into further details. Eid, the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, begins on Tuesday.
President Ghani in a ceremony celebrating Afghanistan Independence Day ceremony in Kabul said: “The conditional ceasefire will start tomorrow and it will continue as long as the Taliban preserves and respects it. We call on the leadership of the Taliban to welcome the wishes of Afghans for a long-lasting and real peace.”
Meanwhile, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo welcomed the Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire, and said the US was willing to support and facilitate direct peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
“The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation,” Pompeo said on Sunday. “This plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace. There are no obstacles to talks. It is time for peace.”

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