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The leader of the Taliban movement, Hebatullah Akhundzadeh, announced on Sunday his strong support for a political settlement that ends the conflict in Afghanistan.

In a statement, he also called for solving internal problems and ending the crisis without the help of an outside party, in reference to the US forces, stressing that he would not allow the use of the territory of Afghanistan to threaten the security of any other country.

He stressed that his forces are determined to reach a solution through negotiations, considering that the second party continues to waste time, according to him.

In addition, he announced his intention to reach good and close relations in all fields with all countries, including America.

3-month truce

The announcement came days after an Afghan government negotiator participating in peace talks with the Taliban revealed that the movement had proposed a 3-month ceasefire in exchange for the release of about 7,000 insurgent prisoners held in Afghanistan’s prisons.

It was a big request, Nader Naderi told reporters two days ago, adding that the rebels also wanted to remove the names of the movement’s leaders from the UN blacklist.

Naderi pointed out that the escalation of hostilities in different parts of the country resulted in the suspension of 112 development projects, with the destruction of at least 260 government facilities in the areas that fell to the Taliban, with the suspension of public services there.

Wide attack

It is noteworthy that the movement launched a comprehensive attack on the Afghan forces in early May, taking advantage of the start of the withdrawal of foreign forces, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

The movement controlled large areas of the country, especially in northern and western Afghanistan.

© The Eastern Herald