India welcomes 3-day Taliban ceasefire in Afghanistan, expects peace
India joined countries such as the United States, Germany and Iran in welcoming the three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying it hopes the ceasefire will be extended to address the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.
The Taliban announced a ceasefire for Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday night. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed it and extended his government’s offer of peace. He instructed Afghan security forces to abide by the three-day ceasefire and “protect only if attacked”.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday: “India welcomes the ceasefire in Afidian during Eid for three days. We hope that this ceasefire will continue and become permanent to address the serious humanitarian situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic and pave the way for lasting peace and stability for the Afghan people. ”
The statement added: “India stands by the people of Afghanistan in their enduring pursuit of peace, security, sovereignty and prosperity.”
On Sunday, Ghani announced that its government would release 2,000 Taliban prisoners in response to a ceasefire as a benevolent gesture and take further steps in the peace process.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire.
“We have worked hard to achieve this moment and I hope that this step back from the conflicts will provide the Afghan people with the space and security they deserve to celebrate Eid, while allowing the Taliban and government to take further steps towards a peaceful future.” said.
The Taliban last called for a ceasefire during Eid in June 2018.
However, violence has increased significantly in Afghanistan since the United States and the Taliban signed the deal in February.
The world community has called for a reduction in violence so that the troubled peace process can continue.