Pakistan, UN, US welcome ceasefire announcement by Afghan Govt & Taliban

Pakistan, UN, US welcome ceasefire announcement by Afghan Govt & Taliban

Pakistan and the United States have welcomed the announcement of ceasefire by Afghan government and the Taliban on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to media persons in Multan today said this is golden opportunity for regional peace.

He also wished the durability of the agreement so that people of Afghan could decide their future through intra-Afghan negotiations.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also welcomed the announcement by the Taliban and the Afghan government of a ceasefire to enable the people of war-torn Afghanistan to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in peace.

The UN Chief’s spokesman said in a statement that the UN Secretary-General has urged all parties concerned to seize this opportunity and embrace an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

He said only a peace settlement can bring an end to the suffering in Afghanistan.

He added that the United Nations is committed to supporting the people and Government of Afghanistan in this important endeavour.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad also welcomed the Taliban’s decision to observe a ceasefire during Eid.

In his remarks on Twitter, he expressed the confidence that both sides will put the interest of their people first.

Zalmay Khalilzad said other positive steps should immediately follow including the release of remaining prisoners, no returning to high levels of violence, and an agreement on a new date for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to speed up the release of Taliban prisoners.

In his address to the nation today, he said as a responsible government they are taking one more step forward to expedite the Taliban prisoner releases.

Ashraf Ghani urged the militants to press on with the release of Afghan security personnel they hold.

 

 

 

Source: Radio Pakistan