Secretary of State Pompeo hopes it will provide an opportunity to remove obstacles to inter-Afghan talks
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday welcomed the Taliban’s declaration of a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr) and a symmetrical response from the Afghan government.
“We have worked hard to reach this point, and I hope this respite from the conflict will give the Afghan people the space and security they deserve to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, and at the same time give the Taliban and the government the opportunity to make additional steps towards a peaceful future for their country, ”Pompeo said in a statement released Sunday.
“The United States remains committed to implementing the US-Taliban agreement and the US-Afghanistan joint declaration,” said the secretary of state.. – Given the resolution of the political crisis in Afghanistan, I hope that the newly appointed Chairman of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and President [Ashraf] Ghani will seize the opportunity to remove the remaining obstacles that have delayed the start of inter-Afghan talks, starting with the release of prisoners “.
The head of American diplomacy expressed hope that the Taliban will fulfill their obligation and will not allow the freed prisoners to return to the battlefield.
“We hope this truce will help build confidence. All parties must unite their efforts so that, based on this historic truce on the occasion of the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, immediately proceed to inter-Afghan negotiations, “Pompeo urged.
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