NATO-led and U.S. forces to Honor Afghan Government’s Cease-fire Extension

16 Jun 2018

KABUL, Afghanistan – NATO-led Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan support the announcement, June 16, by H.E. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for an extension of the cease-fire with the Taliban and his offer to begin peace talks.

As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "We support President Ghani’s offer to extend the cease-fire and begin peace talks.  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.”

The cease-fire is with the Taliban and does not include U.S. counterterrorism efforts against ISIS-K, Al-Qaeda, and other regional and international terrorist groups.

 

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