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Afghan president announces ceasefire with Taliban until June 20

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Afghan president announces ceasefire with Taliban until June 20, Jerusalem Post reports.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents on Thursday until June 20, coinciding with the end of the Islamic fasting season, but said fighting against other militant groups such as Islamic State will continue, reports Reuters.

He made the announcement in a televised address, Reuters added.

“This ceasefire is an opportunity for Taliban to introspect (sic) that their violent campaign is not winning them hearts and minds but further alienating,” he said in a Tweet.

“With the ceasefire announcement we epitomize the strength of the Afghan government and the will of the people for a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict.”

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