The Presidential Palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) welcomed the statement issued by the European Union (EU) Heads of Missions and Canada in Kabul, and reiterated their call for a Taliban ceasefire.
“The Afghan government strongly welcomes the EU latest statement and principle position on the Afghan Peace Process. It is time for the Taliban to come forward and take part in the negotiation,” said Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi.
The MFA also welcomed the statement on the imminent peace talks between the government and the Taliban.
The EU and Canadian envoys had released a joint statement on Sunday evening, calling for the start of the peace talks, an inclusive negotiation, and also urged the Taliban to call for an immediate ceasefire.
“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is fully intending to seize the opportunity to end the conflict through negotiations,” said the MFA.
The Foreign Ministry said the government was entering into the talks with a “spirit of goodwill and constructive intent” which was shown in the prisoner exchange process.
“Reiterating the call made the statement, the Afghan Government urges the Taliban to reciprocate by agreeing on a ceasefire and agree to an immediate reduction of violence.”
They concluded by saying that the Afghan government shared the vision for an end state of peace talks where all Afghans, women and men, would continue to thrive with their fundamental rights intact.