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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hopes for Afghan truce to be extended

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman expressed his hope that Afghanistan extends the truce that was announced at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

King Salman added in a statement, published by the Saudi Press Agency, that he followed closely the ceasefire that was agreed between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban and hoped that such a blessed step would be built upon by all parties to reach a lasting peace in the country.

The Saudi king added, in his statement, that Afghan people have suffered extensively from long wars and the people of Afghanistan, like all people across the Muslim world, hope that the country turns the page on past discords and opens a new chapter based on tolerance, peace, the renunciation of violence and the protection of civilian life – based on Islamic teachings that call for unity, cooperation, righteousness, piety, forgiveness and reform.

King Salman concluded by wishing that Afghans put aside their differences and embrace peace in the interest of security and stability for all in Afghanistan.

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