Statement from Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command on Afghanistan ceasefire



U.S. Central Command firmly supports President Ghani's decision to unilaterally declare a cease-fire in response to the people of Afghanistan's desire for a peaceful conclusion to the holy month of Ramadan.


Both the people and their religious leaders have spoken out in support of peace, and their government has answered the call.


All journeys begin with a single step, and we hope the Taliban joins the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in taking this first step towards what could be a more peaceful, prosperous and secure Afghanistan.


U.S. Forces in Afghanistan under Gen. John Nicholson will fully adhere to the tenants of the ceasefire as outlined by President Ghani.

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