Afghanistan frees 200 Taliban prisoners to push peace talks

KABUL, September 2

Afghanistan has freed practically 200 Taliban prisoners to spur long-delayed peace talks, as a crew of negotiators readies to fly this week to Qatar’s capital, Afghan officers mentioned on Wednesday.

The prisoners shaped a part of a gaggle of 400 jailed “hardcore” Islamist separatists whose stalled launch had appeared set to delay talks between the federal government and the rebel group to finish practically twenty years of struggle.

“The Afghan government has released another batch of the remaining Taliban prisoners and the work is still underway to move the prisoner exchange process forward,” Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesperson for President Ashraf Ghani, mentioned in an announcement.

He didn’t give the precise quantity, nevertheless. Two officers mentioned the discharge from the primary jail within the capital Kabul passed off on Monday and Tuesday, on the identical time that the Taliban freed six Afghan particular forces. About 120 prisoners stay to be freed consistent with Taliban calls for, together with six whose launch some Western governments, together with Australia, have objected to.

“We want to finish the prisoner swap so we could start the peace process as soon as possible,” mentioned a senior authorities official.A supply mentioned it might be accomplished by Wednesday. A government-mandated negotiation crew is more likely to fly on Thursday to Doha, mentioned Fraidoon Kwazoon, the spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah, the pinnacle of the High Council for National Reconciliation. — Reuters

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