Kabul urges Taliban to extend 3-day ceasefire to facilitate prisoner release

Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 May 2020 (12:59 IST)
Kabul:The Afghan government urges the Taliban to extend the ceasefire announced on occasion of the al-Fitr holiday to facilitate the mutual prisoner release, the National Security Council spokesman said on Tuesday.
On Monday, Afghan media reported, citing a source, that the three-day ceasefire would be extended for another week.
Speaking at a press conference, streamed by the Tolo News broadcaster, Javid Faisal confirmed the cabinet's readiness to extend the ceasefire to pave the way for a prisoner release, calling on the Taliban to stick to it.
 
The official noted that the ceasefire, prisoner release and intra-Afghan talks are interconnected and should occur simultaneously. He urged the Taliban to fulfill their obligations, including those concerning freeing prisoners.
 
The Taliban ceased fire on Sunday, in a move welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani who also ordered Afghan security forces to stand down. He also announced plans to free up to 2,000 as a goodwill gesture.