Afghan President announces extending truce with Taliban for a week
March 01 2020 05:36 PM
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced extension to the temporary truce between the government and Taliban movement for one week, hoping to agree on a complete ceasefire in the country.

Reduction of violence will continue with the goal of achieving a complete ceasefire, Ghani said today during a press conference. He also explained that the US commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan Scott Miller informed the Taliban of this decision.

The Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan was signed in Doha on Saturday between the US and the Afghan Taliban movement, announcing an end to 18 years of fighting in the country, and paving the way for the start of reconstruction in Afghanistan.

According to the Doha agreement, signed by US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Head of the Political Office of Afghan Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the US will initially begin a withdrawal of 8600 its troops from Afghanistan within 135 days. Washington and its allies will also withdraw all their forces from five military bases, while the US and its allies will complete the withdrawal of the remaining forces from Afghanistan within nine and a half months.

USA will work with all parties involved in the agreement to release political prisoners and prisoners for reasons related to the conflict, for up to five thousand Taliban prisoners, with the aim of building confidence between the parties and enhancing coordination between them. (QNA)

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