Afghan pres­i­dent calls for Eid cease-fire, Tal­iban to re­ply

The Western Star - - WORLD -

KABUL — Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani has called for a con­di­tional cease-fire with Tal­iban in­sur­gents for the du­ra­tion of the Eid al-Adha hol­i­day.

Pres­i­dent Ghani made the an­nounce­ment Sun­day dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions of the 99th an­niver­sary of Afghanista­n’s in­de­pen­dence in the cap­i­tal Kabul.

“The cease-fire should be ob­served from both sides, and its con­tin­u­a­tion and du­ra­tion also de­pends on the Tal­iban stand,” Ghani stressed. He added that, should the Tal­iban agree, it will start on Mon­day. He said he hoped it could even last un­til Nov. 20, which will mark the birth an­niver­sary of Prophet Muhammed.

The Tal­iban did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to the an­nounce­ment.

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