The United States Special Representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, welcomed Wednesday the three-day ceasefire that the government and Taliban had agreed to in the country for the victims’ festival, the second most important in Islam.
“We welcome the Taliban’s announcement of a ceasefire on the day of the victim and the Afghan government’s mutual announcement,” Khalilzad said in a message sent via his Twitter account to Afghans a “peaceful” celebration.
“We hope that Victim’s Day will bring Afghans to mutual understanding and respect, and take a step closer to sustainable peace,” he added. He also wished that the Afghan security forces “continue to honor the service of the Afghans” and thanked them for their “commitment” to Afghanistan.
The US Ambassador to Kabul, Ross Wilson, has used the social network to celebrate the announcement of the ceasefire and believes that the Afghans “deserve to celebrate the holiday in peace”. “I hope that both sides will honor their commitments and move the intra-Afghan negotiations forward quickly,” he added.