KABUL -- President Ashraf Ghani once again Monday (June 4) called on the Taliban to renounce violence and join the peace process.
Ghani in a video message welcomed a fatwa against suicide attacks issued hours earlier by Afghan clerics calling for peace.
The government will fully support the clerics' stance, he added.
"In this holy month of Ramadan, our respected ulema did a great job... I would like to thank them on behalf of the government and the people of Afghanistan with full sincerity," Ghani said.
"Through intra-Afghan talks, choose the path of peace and instead of taking part in destroying the country, take part in building it," he said, addressing the Taliban.
Ghani vowed that his administration would develop an action plan to implement the recommendations of the religious scholars.
The Taliban in a statement rejected the fatwa as part of an alleged plan by Kabul and its international allies to put more pressure on the militants.
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