15 July 2020

Afghanistan to free 900 more Taliban amid peace push

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As a rare cease-fire draws to an end, the Afghan government on Tuesday announced it will free 900 more Taliban fighters, hoping to extend the truce and push forward the peace process. reports citing foreign media that Javed Faisal, spokesperson of the National Security Council, said the release process had started and the government was keen to start the long-due direct talks with the Taliban.

The announcement came a day after Kabul released 100 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture, following the Taliban's unexpected three-day truce declaration for the Muslim holiday festival of Eid al-Fitr.

On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the start of the process to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners and said his government was ready to begin the long-awaited talks with the insurgent group.

2020.05.26 / 16:14
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