KABUL -- A former Taliban official expressed optimism about ongoing peace efforts between the government and the Taliban, TOLOnews reported Wednesday (June 13).
A cease-fire between the two sides could be the start of a larger peace process, said Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan.
He expressed optimism about the likelihood of a truce extension.
"I am not in favor of a collapse of this system," Zaeef said, referring to the current Afghan government. "Peace should be ensured, and the system should be reformed, and it should be further supported."
Zaeef's remarks came a day after Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada issued a message for Eid, demanding direct talks with the United States to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
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