LAST_UPDATEWed, 18 Jul 2018 11pm

Saudi King Hopes For Renewal Of Afghanistan-Taliban Truce

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

KUALA LUMPUR – King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has called for the renewal of the truce between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban.

A statement released by the kingdom’s Royal Court today said the Saudi King expressed the hope that the truce would be renewed and built upon for a longer period so that all parties could work together to achieve peace for the Afghan people.

It also said that King Salman had followed with great interest the truce between the two sides and expressed his pleasure over the move and support for it.

“The King asked Almighty God to bring success to the Afghan brothers in achieving what is best for their country, and to reconcile them and to bring about security and stability to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its dear people, which He is able to do,” the statement said.

It said the King said that the Afghan people, who have suffered so much from the horrors of war, and the Islamic world with them, were looking forward to turning the page of the past and to open a new page based on tolerance and reconciliation, renouncing violence and preserving the lives of innocent people based on the great Islamic teachings that call for rejecting division, and for cooperation for righteousness and piety, and forgiveness and reconciliation among the brothers.

On June 7, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani declared a temporary truce from June 12 to 18 in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebrations, and the Taliban, which is waging a violent campaign against the government, announced a three-day truce from June 15.