Religious leaders in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat urged the government and the Taliban to announce a time-limited ceasefire.
‘The conflicting parties must announce a truce for a specific period, or make a serious and decisive decision to reduce violence and allow negotiations to take place in a relatively peaceful environment,’ the religious leaders stressed.
The meeting was also attended by civil society activists, university professors and other local political figures who agreed on the need for the withdrawal of foreign troops and the holding of talks to achieve a definitive peace in the country.
The talks between the Taliban movement and representatives of the United States government that are taking place in Qatar are currenlty paused before later defining the withdrawal of part of the US and NATO troops present on Afghan soil.
‘We’re approaching an important stage in the #AfghanPeaceProces,’ US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, posted on Twitter last week.