TOLOnews 10pm News 20 July 2021
No reports have been made on Tuesday, the first day of Eid, about attacks by the Taliban or clashes in contested districts between the government forces and the militant group, despite there being no announced agreement on a ceasefire. The cessation of fighting allowed Afghans to celebrate the beginning of the holiday with calm.
The Afghan government and Taliban were expected to announce at least a three-day ceasefire during this Eid, but it did not happen despite a high-level meeting in Doha between representatives of both sides.
President Ashraf Ghani in a speech on Eid said recent deeds by the Taliban showed the group has “no will” for peace and going forward, decisions by the government will be made based on that.
Ghani said the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s decision to send a high-ranking delegation to Doha for negotiations was an ultimatum.