U.S. Forces in Afghanistan to Honor Afghan Government Ceasefire
7 Jun 2018
By: U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S. Forces-Afghanistan confirmed they will honor the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ceasefire with the Taliban, announced by H.E. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on June 7.
"We will adhere to the wishes of Afghanistan for the country to enjoy a peaceful end to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and support the search for an end to the conflict,” said Gen. John Nicholson, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support commander.
The ceasefire does not include U.S. counterterrorism efforts against IS-K, Al-Qaeda, and other regional and international terrorist groups.
President Ghani’s announcement came shortly after up to 3,000 Afghan religious scholars, the Ulema, issued an Islamic decree, or Fatwa, calling for a cessation of hostilities between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
The declarations by the Afghan government and religious scholars follow an "open letter,” February 14, from the Taliban to the American people calling for dialogue, and President Ghani’s proposal for peace talks between the Government of National Unity and the Taliban at the second Kabul Conference, Feb 28.
"President Ghani’s peace offer was universally supported by the international community and the ceasefire represents another bold initiative for peace, and is for the benefit of all Afghans,” said Nicholson.