Taleban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taleban have given the United States (US) envoy a document outlining their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taleban officials familiar with the negotiations said yesterday.

The offer is seen as an opportunity to open a window to an eventual peace deal for Afghanistan that would allow the US to bring home its troops and end the 18-year war, America’s longest conflict. The cease-fire offer was handed to Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s envoy for talks with the insurgents, late on Wednesday in Qatar, where the Taleban maintain a political office.

Khalilzad has been pressing for a cease-fire but it wasn’t immediately clear whether the Taleban proposal would be enough to allow for the on-again off-again talks between the Taleban and the US to restart, with the aim of eventually signing a peace deal.