June 16, 2018

Statement from Resolute Support Mission on the Afghan Government's Cease-fire Extention

NATO-led Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan support the announcement, June 16, by H.E. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for an extension of the cease-fire with the Taliban and his offer to begin peace talks.

June 11, 2018

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

“U.S. Central Command welcomes the announcement by the Taliban of a three day Eid ceasefire. We hope that their positive response to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s initial ceasefire announcement will lead to the reduction of violence and future dialogue towards a lasting Afghan-owned peace that is strongly desired by the people of Afghanistan. We applaud President Ghani and the government of Afghanistan’s bold leadership in support of reconciliation and peace.”

June 7, 2018

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.