Ghani hopeful about US-Taliban deal | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 17, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:09 AM, February 17, 2020

Ghani hopeful about US-Taliban deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday voiced cautious optimism about a partial truce agreed between the Taliban and US and said that a further announcement was expected in the coming 10 days. The agreement for a seven-day "reduction in violence" announced this week has raised hopes that a comprehensive peace deal could follow. But it is still not clear when the period will begin. The acid test of the Taliban's sincerity will be their willingness to accept elections, Ghani said -- something they have always refused to engage in.

 

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