Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes an appeal to the Afghan Taliban

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes an appeal to the Afghan Taliban

KABUL - In connection with the International Peace Day, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday blamed Taliban for the bloodshed in the country by not accepting ceasefire offer.

In a televised speech, President Ghani said the raging violence continues in the country simply because the Taliban are not accepting the ceasefire.

“If the Taliban agree to peace, we [Afghan government] do not want continuation of the war event for a single moment, and I say it again that those are responsible for all the killing and bloodshed who are not accepting peace and ceasefire”, Ghani said.

Earlier this month, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump called off peace talks with the Taliban, Ghani announced ‘real peace’ was only possible if the insurgents agreed to a ceasefire and direct talks with the Afghan government.

The Afghan president, who was increasingly concerned over the proposed deal between the U.S. and Taliban, said the Kabul government praises the earnest efforts of its allies and is committed to working together with the United States and other partners to ensure honorable and enduring peace in the country.

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