On May 23, the Taliban declared a three-day ceasefire for the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.  In their statement, Taliban instructed its fighters to take special measures for the safety of their compatriots and not to carry out any offensive operations against Afghan security forces. Taliban fighters were instructed to not enter the Afghan-controlled areas. Only if the government forces were to

25 May 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hailed the temporary Eid cease-fire in Afghanistan as a “tremendous opportunity” for advancing peace efforts in the country. “We worked hard to achieve this moment,” Pompeo said Sunday while welcoming the break in Afghan hostilities that have killed and injured hundreds of people in recent weeks. Pompeo underlined the need for Afghan government and Taliban leaders to desist

25 May 2020

The three-day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr was welcomed by some of the international community and international organizations. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US especial envoy on Afghanistan reconciliation urged both the laterals to take further steps to bring peace. "This is a momentous opportunity that should not be missed. The US will do its part to help,"

25 May 2020