President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Taliban group has no excuse to offer for the continuation of war and to refrain from peace talks.

Speaking with the religious scholars in Laghman province, President Ghani said he is prepared to hold talks with the Taliban group in any place they want.

He said if the declaration of ceasefire for three days has no issue from a religious point of view then why it cannot be extended and what is the reason for the continuation of war.

President Ghani said the religious scholars are his envoys and must ask Taliban regarding the reasons to continue the war.

He also promised to pave the way for work opportunities and training opportunities for the religious scholars and urged them to offer support in the fight against corruption and other misdeeds.

This comes as the Taliban group has so far refrained to respond positively to the ongoing peace efforts despite the Afghan government extended the ceasefire originally declared from 27th of Ramadan to 5th day of Eid.

In the meantime, President Ghani says that certain developments have been made in the ongoing peace efforts with the Taliban group.

Speaking to a gathering of people in Nangarhar province on Sunday, President Ghani said developments have been made in peace sector as he expressed hopes regarding the return of a lasting peace in the country.

He did not disclose further information in this regard but emphasized that one of his main duties is to ensure the end of war in Afghanistan.

President Ghani once again reiterated the government’s stance regarding the ceasefire and said he is prepared for further ceasefire with the Taliban group.