WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States welcomes Afghanistan’s offer of a ceasefire to Taliban militants coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month and U.S. forces in the country will respect the ceasefire, the State Department said on Thursday.
“The Afghan government’s offer of a temporary ceasefire underscores its commitment to peace as both a national and religious responsibility,” the department said in a statement. It said the ceasefire will allow the Afghan people to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan without fear of violence. The holiday falls at the end of next week.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry