KABUL -- Building upon his recent peace overtures to the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani in an interview with VICE News said, "For the first time, the possibility of peace is really at hand in Afghanistan."
The Eid ul Fitr ceasefire that the government and the Taliban observed in June proved the public demand for peace, Ghani said, referring to scenes of civilians greeting insurgents who visited towns and cities.
"The ceasefire showed that this country is ready for reconciliation," Ghani told VICE News during an interview released Thursday (September 13). "We are offering to overcome the past grievances and move forward, and this I think is genuine, because if they insist on a military victory, that's something the Afghans will not accept."
Meanwhile, speaking at a gathering in Kabul on Thursday, Ghani reiterated the effectiveness of the US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
"The US strategy ... is something that the people of Afghanistan awaited for 40 years," said Ghani, according to TOLOnews.