Afghan president offers year of ceasefire to Taliban

Ashraf Ghani says nation must unite to resolve issues, including exit of foreign troops

Afghan president offers year of ceasefire to Taliban

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani told the participants of a historic peace march on Tuesday the government is willing to extend the cease-fire with the Taliban for a year, if they agree on talks.

Activists who joined the peace march reached Kabul late on Sunday after covering a distance of some 700 kilometers (435 miles) on foot from restive Helmand province to the capital in over a month urging the warring sides to end the bloodshed.

Welcoming the marchers, the president warmly embraced each of the war-weary marchers -- most of whom are peasants -- and thanked them for raising the peoples’ voice in their landmark peaceful struggle.

“I am ready to sit with them [Taliban leadership] in the desert, in the mountains, in the mosque…wherever they want."

 He directly addressed the Taliban leader as ‘Mawlawi’ [religious scholar] Hibatullah Akhundzada while inviting the rebel leader to come and meet him.

Ghani said the government can extend the cease-fire for a year.

Sunday was the third and last day of truce by the Taliban and the sixth day of the cease-fire by the government after which the militants resumed their offensives.

 

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