President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered the Afghan forces to return to defense posture while welcoming the announcement of ceasefire by Taliban during Eid Days.

In his speech on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, Ghani vowed that the government would expedite the release of Taliban prisoners.

Ghani also called on Taliban militants to reciprocate and release the prisoners of the Afghan government.

Meanwhile, Ghani said a comprehensive and inclusive negotiating team has been formed and the government is prepared to immediately start intra-Afghan talks.

Emphasizing that stability of the region has links with the stability in Afghanistan, Ghani urged the neighboring nations to continue to their support to Afghanistan in its efforts to bring peace and stability.

This comes as the Taliban group released a statement late on Saturday night, instructing its fighters to refrain from offensive activities.


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