The Taliban group had considered a reduction in violence in Doha talks which was organized ahead of the announcement of spring offensive by the group last Friday, sources privy of the development said.
The Taliban political leaders reportedly made the commitment during a meeting with Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
"In the Doha talks with the Taliban Gen Miller tried to lower the violence in Afghanistan to come closer to peace. Gen Miller told the Taliban he will always protect the Afghan Security Forces and the people of Afghanistan," the sources said.
The sources further added that "In Doha, Taliban leaders appeared to consider reducing violence but recently the Taliban announced their spring offensive against the Afghan people."
The announcement of spring offensive by Taliban was widely condemned on domestic and international level.
The Security Council of the United Nations on Tuesday announced that "The members of the Security Council condemned the announcement by the Taliban of a spring offensive, which will only result in more unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people."
"The members of the Security Council recognized the Afghan peopleís strong desire for sustainable peace in Afghanistan. They underscored that calls for more fighting will not advance the goal of making a sustainable peace," the Security Council said in a statement.