Afghanistan government makes another offer to the Afghan Taliban
KABUL - Afghanistan government makes another offer to the Afghan Taliban, media report has revealed.
President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, said Saturday that if the Taliban accepts the US proposal for a ceasefire, direct and face-to-face talks will begin between the Afghan government and the Taliban, TOLO News has reported.
Sediqqi said that US President Donald Trump advocated a peace “owned by the Afghan government” during his Thursday visit with Afghanistan’s President Ghani at Bagram airfield.
“Our hope is that the Taliban will work to accept their (US) ceasefire. If they (Taliban) are really committed to giving up the war - in our opinion - the best opportunity is for them to accept that opportunity,” said President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
During his unexpected visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, Trump said, referring to the Taliban:“ We’re saying it has to be a ceasefire. And they don’t want to do a ceasefire, but now they do want to do a ceasefire, I believe... and we’ll see what happens.”
But former Taliban members in Kabul say the group will not agree to a ceasefire unless a peace deal is first signed between the United States and the Taliban--before intra-Afghan dialogue has started.