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Iran backs Afghanistan ceasefire

Kabul, Iran's embassy in Afghanistan expressed support for the interim ceasefire between the government of the country and Taliban.

'Islamic Republic of Iran supports in principle the ceasefire announced by the Afghan president as a constructive measure and a main step toward peace,' The embassy said in a statement on Friday.

The embassy has also expressed hope that the initiative will be mutually accepted, and forms a launching pad for establishing stability and reducing the Afghan people sufferings.

Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced the ceasefire in his Twitter page.

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 European Union and the Russian representative on Afghanistan have endorsed the ceasefire with Taliban as a beginning point for peace talks.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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