The US welcomes the truce between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities, which provides an opportunity to accelerate the peace process, said US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.
Earlier, the Taliban announced a ceasefire in Afghanistan for three days on the occasion of the Muslim festival of conversation Eid al-Fitr (Uraza-bairam). Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in response, instructed the security services to comply with him.
“Such a development of events opens up the possibility of accelerating the peace process. Other positive steps must immediately be followed: the release of the remaining prisoners by both parties, as provided for in the agreement between the US and the Taliban, the refusal to return to high levels of violence, and the agreement on a new date for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations. “, Khalilzad wrote in Twitter.
“Although challenges remain on both fronts, I believe that they will be overcome if the leaders of all parties make the right decisions and put the interests of their people in the first place. This is a very important opportunity that should not be missed. The United States will do everything possible to help “, the special representative added.