There is cause for cautious optimism so long as troublesome elements within the government and the Taliban are not allowed to derail the process.
Afghan President Ghani said the government was ready to hold peace talks with the Taliban after accepting their offer of a three-day truce over the Eid al Fitr holiday starting Sunday that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The ceasefire which begins Sunday was first announced by the Taliban, then welcomed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Eradicating terror from Afghanistan remains the top priority, but all sides must now agree on methods.
The Taliban-claimed attack, which targeted a base in eastern Afghanistan belonging to the country's intelligence service, also wounded at least 40 people and left eight others in critical condition.
The breakthrough comes as Afghanistan battles a series of crises, including a rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus and surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attacks last week.
Taliban, which denied involvement in Tuesday's attacks that killed over 50 people, says it is "fully prepared" to counter any strikes ordered by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian says bomber detonated his explosives among civilians in Reshkhor area of Afghanistan's capital.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed to militants to lay down their arms for the holy month of fasting as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic. The Taliban respond by accusing Kabul of putting prisoners' lives at risk during the outbreak.
Afghanistan's government officials said Taliban insurgents targeted checkpoints in three provinces, in a fresh wave of violence despite a deal with the US and a worsening coronavirus crisis.
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Taliban said, "the intentional delays in the release of our prisoners violates the peace agreement, therefore we call back our technical team back from Kabul".
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