US expresses support for Afghanistan’s ceasefire, peace talks

The US expressed support Saturday for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer to extend the ceasefire and begin peace talks, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement “As President Ghani emphasized in his statement to the Afghan people, peace talks by necessity would include a discussion of the role of international actors and forces. The United States is prepared to support, facilitate, and participate in these discussions,” said Pompeo.

He continued, “All of Afghanistan’s people benefit from the end of bloodshed, and we have seen the overwhelmingly positive reaction from Afghans across society. We have seen pictures of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan soldiers and police with Taliban fighters offering prayers for Eid side by side.” The Secretary highlighted that beginning peace talks is “an expression of determination to create a unified Afghanistan” and that the US stands ready to work with “the Afghan government, the Taliban, and all the people of Afghanistan to reach a peace agreement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency