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EU hails Afghan President ceasefire declaration

Tehran, The European Union in a statement expressed support for a ceasefire declared by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

Ghani in a Thursday Twitter message declared nine-day truce in Afghanistan.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan announces ceasefire from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr following the historic ruling [Fatwa] of the Afghan Ulema, he said.

The Fatwa declared that violence and suicide attacks are not only against Islam but also strictly forbidden in our religion, he added.

The full text of EU statement released by European External Action Service (EEAS) website follows:

Today, the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani announced a unilateral temporary ceasefire with the Taliban until the end of Eid al-Fitr, from June 12- 19. This announcement is another concrete and unprecedented step made by President Ghani, reinforcing the unconditional peace offer he already made on 28 February. It shows his commitment to a genuinely Afghan-led and -owned peace process.

The European Union fully supports this initiative of the President, which should be taken up by the Taliban. As we have said consistently, from the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, to the Kabul Process meetings, to the Tashkent Conference, the European Union is ready to fully accompany a peace process with all of our tools.

Peace takes the courage of dialogue, engagement, of compromise and reconciliation. The moment for this courage is now, in order to build a better future for all Afghans.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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