Secy. Pompeo welcomes Eid armistice in Afghanistan

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and fellow leader under a recently signed power-sharing agreement, Abdullah Abdullah, center, hold a meeting with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad aimed at resuscitating a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February, at the Presidential Palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (The Presidential Palace via AP)

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UPDATED 12:15 PM PT — Sunday, May 24, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has welcomed the latest ceasefire between terror group Taliban and the Afghan government. On Sunday, Pompeo praised officials for announcing a three-day armistice for the duration of the Islamic holiday Eid.

According to the secretary, both must advance talks to achieve a sustainable peace for the sake of the Afghan people.

The Taliban offered the ceasefire Saturday and the Afghan government reciprocated the following day. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has confirmed the armistice will be accompanied by a prisoner swap.

“I hereby announce that there will be an acceleration in the releasing process of the Taliban prisoners, and serious measures will be taken in this regard,” stated Ghani. “In the meantime, I call on the Taliban to release our security and defense prisoners from their captivity as soon as possible.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and political rival Abdullah Abdullah, speak after they signed a power-sharing agreement at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Afghan Presidential Palace via AP)

Officials pointed out the Taliban killed at least 146 civilians during the most recent Islamic holiday of Ramadan and will be approaching the latest armistice with caution.

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