"We also call on the Tehreek-e-Islami Taliban to stop the war and pave the way for Afghan-owned talks to save our beloved Afghanistan from the plots and interference of strangers and bring peace, harmony, security and prosperity to our people", he said.
Rahimi said that after Afghan security forces freed 149, the insurgents were still holding 21 hostages from the buses. Esmatullah Muradi, a spokesman for the governor in the northern province, said the Taliban have demanded the national identifications of the captives to determine their fate.
The days-long battle eventually ended in defeat for the Taliban, but the group also carried out significant assaults on several Afghan military bases elsewhere in the country, killing scores of soldiers and police officers in the process.
The incident came a day after USA -backed President Ashraf Ghani called for a temporary cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday.
But one of the Taliban commanders said the June ceasefire had only helped USA forces, who the Taliban are trying to drive out of the country, and Taliban leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada rejected the new offer on the grounds it would only help the US -led mission.
The fate of the abducted in Kunduz province - in an area that has recently fallen under Taliban control - was not immediately known and there was no statement from the insurgents.
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Ghani said on Sunday the ceasefire would only be implemented if the Taliban respect it.
In a statement on August 18, Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada repeated his call for direct talks with the United States to end what he said was the foreign "occupation" of Afghanistan.
The uptick in violence counters the USA military's narrative of progress in its longest war, now in its 17th year, and happened prior to an expected cease-fire over the Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins Tuesday.
Earlier this month, the Taliban launched a major assault on the eastern city of Ghazni, just 120 kilometers from Kabul and the capital of a province with the same name.
The Western-backed government in Kabul has been struggling to fend off the Taliban and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in 2014.
The battle for the city killed at least 100 security forces and 35 civilians, according to Afghan officials. The group later rejected a call by the president to extend it.
Akhundzada said the militant group wanted "sincere, transparent, and result-oriented negotiations" with Washington, adding that any peace settlement negotiated between the two sides must "preserve our Islamic goals, sovereignty of our homeland, and ensure an end to the war".