US hails announcement of Afghan ceasefire during Eid days

US hails announcement of Afghan ceasefire during Eid days
Kabul: Top US officials on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of three-day cesaefire during Eidul Azha in Afghanistan, expecting start of much-delayed peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government.

The ceasefire was first propsed by Taliban and agreed by Kabul. The truce will begin from Friday and conintue during the Eid holidays.

The development comes after Afghan President hinted at progress in a key demand related to exchange of prisoners and hoped that the peace talks would start from next week.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the special representative of the US, took to Twitter on Wednesday and wrote, "We welcome the Taliban announcement of an Eid ceasefire and the Afghan government´s reciprocal announcement".

"Our hope is this Eid brings all Afghans together in understanding & mutual respect and one step closer to a sustainable peace," he added.

A key US diplomat in Kabul, Ross Wilson, also hoped that the two sides would soon hold talks aiming at peace in the country.

"Afghans deserve to celebrate the holiday in peace," he wrote on Twitter late Tuesday.

Ghani´s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi also said that the government forces will also observe the ceasefire, but cautioned it did not go far enough.

"The people of Afghanistan demand a lasting ceasefire and the start of direct talks between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan," Sediqqi said.