Afghan president declares Eid truce with Taliban

Jun 07, 2018, 7:33 AM EDT
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged the Taliban to introspect.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban on Thursday, offering peace talks and urging the militant group to introspect their violent campaign that is alienating it from the countrymen.

The ceasefire, due to come into effect next week, would coincide with the end of the Ramadan fasting month, Eid, but will exclude any truce with Daesh (Islamic State) and other foreign-affiliated terrorist organizations, writes the BBC.

The first unconditional ceasefire offer by Ghani comes after a meeting of Islamic clerics, who issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and recommended a truce with the Taliban, notes Reuters.