Holiday ceasefire and other news from Afghanistan

Holiday ceasefire and other news from Afghanistan

The ceasefire announcement between the Taliban and government forces in Afghanistan for the holiday of Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bayram) is praised a lot. This was stated by representatives of several countries and international organizations.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter: “On the occasion of Kurban Bayram, General Miller, Ambassador Wilson, and I wish the Afghan people a peaceful holiday. Eid al-Adha is a time of charity and fellowship. Our hope is this Eid holiday brings all Afghans together in understanding and mutual respect and one step closer to a sustainable peace. We welcome the Taliban announcement of an Eid ceasefire and the Afghan government’s reciprocal announcement. We wish the Afghan national security forces continued honor in the service of the Afghan people and thank them for their commitment to Afghanistan.”

NATO also welcomed the announcement by both parties and said: “It is an important step in the Afghan peace process that must lead to the earliest possible start of intra-Afghan negotiations. Afghan people deserve peace now and NATO stands with them.

The US’s acting ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson also responded and said on Twitter: “I welcome the announcements of an Eid al-Adha ceasefire. Afghans deserve to celebrate the holiday in peace. I look forward to both sides fulfilling their commitments and moving quickly to intra-Afghan negotiations.”

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) meanwhile also welcomed the move and said in their Twitter message: “Further prisoner releases and reductions in violence should now pave the way for a quick start to intra-Afghan negotiations.

The “ball” of peace is now on the side of the Taliban and the United States, Second Vice President of Afghanistan Sarwar Danish said in his message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bayram).

According to Danish, the Taliban and international partners, especially the United States, now have the move on the issue of peace.

United States plans to finally withdraw its troops from Afghanistan next May as part of the US-Taliban agreement signed earlier this year. This was announced on Thursday by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, while speaking before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.