The Taliban have introduced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan authorities that may take impact when the Muslim pageant of Eid begins on Sunday.
It follows an increase in assaults from the hardline Islamic group on authorities troops in the latest weeks.
President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the announcement and mentioned his troopers would respect the phrases of the truce.
The settlement is prone to elevate hopes of a longer-term discount in violence within the nation.
However an identical ceasefire was introduced for Eid in 2018 and was not prolonged.
“Don’t perform any offensive operations in opposition to the enemy anyplace. If any motion is taken in opposition to you by the enemy, defend your self,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned on Saturday.
He added that the ceasefire had been declared solely for the Eid pageant, which marks the tip of the holy month of Ramadan.
“I welcome the ceasefire announcement,” Mr Ghani wrote on Twitter shortly after. “I’ve instructed [the military] to adjust to the three-day truce and to defend provided that attacked.”
What is the greater image?
Afghans and worldwide observers had hoped for a discount in violence between the 2 sides following the signing of a troop withdrawal settlement between the Taliban and the US in February.
However additional talks have stalled over a prisoner swap, and assaults on authorities forces have escalated in latest weeks.
An assault on a maternity ward within the capital, Kabul, earlier this month prompted widespread condemnation. Whereas the Taliban denied involvement, it prompted President Ghani to order the resumption of offensive operations in opposition to them in addition to different teams.
He accused the militants of ignoring repeated requires a discount in violence.
Final month, the Taliban rejected a authorities’ name for a ceasefire throughout Afghanistan for Ramadan. They mentioned it was “not rational” and ramped up assaults on Afghan forces.