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Afghan president declares new provisional ceasefire

AFP  |  Kabul 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a provisional ceasefire with the Taliban in a televised broadcast today following a recent surge in conflict, but said the truce would hold only if the insurgents reciprocated.

"I once again announce a ceasefire from tomorrow until the prophet's birthday provided that the Taliban reciprocate," said Ghani, referring to the Prophet Mohammed's birthday which is celebrated on November 21 in Afghanistan.

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First Published: Sun, August 19 2018. 20:15 IST