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In regards to the government's efforts for the reconciliation process, President Ghani said he has shared his proposals for the peace talks during the Kabul Process II summit.

While the worldwide community sees Ghani's administration as the sole legitimate government of Afghanistan, the Taliban see it as an artificial, foreign-imposed regime that does not represent the Afghan people.

Camera IconResidents walk though the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 2, 2018.

The comments come a month after the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack in which an ambulance packed with explosives blew up in Kabul, killing around 100 people, in the worst attack seen in months.

But there has been no immediate formal response from Taliban leaders to Ghani's unprecedented proposal.

Without providing information on possible casualties of security personnel over the week, the statement said the country's defense and security forces would continue to chase and target anti-government militants elsewhere in Afghanistan.

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Security in the capital has been tightened amid fears of more attacks.

In this open letter, he urged the Taliban to accept a ceasefire and peace talks with the Afghan as well as the USA government. Amrullah Saleh, a former national intelligence chief, called the President's speech "a total appeasement to the enemy".

The peace offer comes one month after a wave of deadly attacks hit Kabul at the end of January. "Now he offered the terrorists a super olive branch", Saleh said.

The US call for dialogue was responded by a statement from Taliban on Monday, requesting direct talks with the US in a declared bid to find a "peaceful solution" for the long-running war in Afghanistan.

This is while the Taliban had repeatedly declared that it will not enter talks until the US-led foreign troops leave the country.

"The Australian government extends its sympathies to families and friends of people killed and injured by this attack", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in the statement late on Friday.

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