Saudi Arabia backs cease-fire in Afghanistan, suggesting new role in quest for peace – Washington Post

Afghans who have been traveling across the country on foot calling for an end to the war arrived in the capital this week. (Hedayatullah Amid/Epa-Efe/Shutterstock)

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia threw its weight behind the Afghan government’s attempts to kindle a peace process with the Taliban this week, reflecting growing international pressure to bring Afghanistan’s long war to a negotiated end.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Saudi government said King Salman supported Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent cease fire with the Taliban, the militant group that has continued to pose an existential threat to the Afghan state despite 17 years of … Read More on Washington Post