Intra-Afghan Talks to Begin on 16 Aug
Taliban welcomed the release of 400 prisoners. According to Afghanistan National Television: the intra-Afghan peace talks will begin in the upcoming six days.
According to Aljazeera: “the Taliban welcome the decision of the Afghan government to release 400 prisoners.
Sohail Shaheen, the Taliban spokesman, said the group would begin Intra-Afghan Talks in the upcoming six days.
Zalmai Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan peace, tweeted: “We welcome the release of 400 prisoners.
It would be a good start for the intra-Afghan peace talks.
soon the Afghan government negotiating team will travel to Qatar in the next few days.”
To start peace talks, the Afghan government convened a three-day Loya Jirga on the 17th of Assad this year to release 400 Taliban prisoners.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted praises the government’s decision to achieve peace and release prisoners.
He stressed: the Afghan government holds peace Jirga, excellently.
Former President Hamid Karzai also called the Loya Jirga a big step towards peace and called on the Taliban to end their violence.
But Afghan citizens raised their concerns on the release of 400 prisoners. Kabul residents believe that after liberation, the prisoners will return to the battlefields once again.
The Taliban, meanwhile, has called on the Afghan government to release 400 prisoners to start inter-Afghan talks so that the group can attend intra-Afghan Peace Talks.
Meanwhile, President Ghani committed that soon he will sign a decree for releasing these prisoners.
the Jirga participants also requested for release of Afghan security and defense forces must be released from p