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 current weeks.
President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the announcement, and mentioned his troopers would respect the phrases of the truce.
The three-day ceasefire is prone to increase 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 towards the enemy anyplace. If any motion is taken towards 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 top 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 larger 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 current weeks.
An attack 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 towards 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.