Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Afghan President’s decision to declare a temporary ceasefire
We commend the decision of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to declare a temporary ceasefire in connection with the upcoming end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
We note that the temporary ceasefire was offered only to the Taliban, and does not extend to international terrorist groups, primarily, ISIS. We urge the Taliban to respond positively to this initiative, as this would be a step towards peace, and would allow the Afghan people to celebrate this holiday without having to fear for their lives or the lives of their loved ones.
We confirm our support for efforts to start peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the leaders of the Taliban movement for the sake of achieving national reconciliation in long-suffering Afghanistan and ending the fratricidal war.