KABUL -- Both President Ashraf Ghani and Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the NATO Resolute Support Mission, released separate video messages urging the Taliban to accept peace during the holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan began Thursday (May 17) in Afghanistan.
Ghani called on the Taliban and other militants to respect the holy month of Ramadan and refrain from violence in a video released on Facebook on Wednesday (May 16).
For his part, Nicholson once again urged the Taliban to accept an offer from Ghani for peace talks in a video published Thursday.
"In this holy month of Ramadan, we encourage all armed Taliban to accept the offer of his excellency, the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and join in peace talks, for a better future for their children and the noble people of this great nation," he said, according to NATO's press office.
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