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After Taliban announces ceasefire for Eid ul-Adha, US welcomes decision

After the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha late on Saturday, the United States has welcomed the Taliban’s declaration.

Regarding the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations commencing on July 31, acting US Ambassador to Kabul, Ross Wilson, said, “I welcome the announcements of an Eid ceasefire: Afghans deserve to celebrate the holiday in peace. I look forward to both sides fulfilling their commitments and moving quickly to intra-Afghan negotiations.” I look forward to both sides fulfilling their commitments and moving quickly to intra-Afghan negotiations.”

The ceasefire statement was published by the Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid over on Twitter and said that the Taliban will not stage any attack on ‘enemy’ forces, but will practice their right to defend itself against possible threats.

The announcement was instantly welcomed by the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, who said he has also instructed the Afghan Forces to comply with the three-days truce.

“I welcome the ceasefire announcement by the Taliban. The Afghan government extends the offer of peace.”