Afghanistan to free 2,000 Taliban prisoners

May 25, 2020

Afghanistan to free 2,000 Taliban prisoners

Kabul (Afghanistan), May 25: The Afghan government says it will release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners following the group's ceasefire announcement.
The Taliban declared a three-day ceasefire starting Sunday to coincide with the Islamic Eid holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the move and announced the release of Taliban fighters as "a goodwill gesture."
Speaking to NHK, senior members of the Taliban welcomed the announcement, calling it a large step forward in a move toward confidence building.
They indicated that in return, the group will release a number of government soldiers.
A peace deal signed by the United States and the Taliban in February stipulates that the Afghan government will release 5,000 Taliban prisoners while the insurgent group will release 1,000 prisoners it holds from the government side.
But the government and the Taliban have had differing opinions over how to proceed with the prisoner swap and its extent.
Attention is now focused on whether the new move could help advance peace talks between the two sides.
Source: NHK World