Afghan President Ghani’s announcement of an extension to the Afghan government’s ceasefire with the Taliban
(Statement by Foreign Press Secretary Norio Maruyama)
June 17, 2018
1. The government of Japan welcomes and supports the announcement on June 16, by H.E. Dr. Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regarding an extension of the ceasefire with the Taliban and his readiness for peace talks. Japan regards this announcement as a positive step for peace in Afghanistan.
2. The stability of Afghanistan is indispensable for the stability and peace for the region. Japan strongly hopes that the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban will achieve the everlasting ceasefire and peace, so that a lasting peace will be achieved for the Afghan people and all stakeholders.
3. Japan will continue to provide supportfor the stability of Afghanistan in the fields of development and security, while working closely with the international community.