August 9, 2020

Afghan peace talks close after Taliban prisoner release approved

Kabul (AFP) – The Afghan government and the Taliban are “on the verge” of peace talks, after thousands of prominent Afghans approved the release of about 400 contentious militant prisoners, Kabul’s lead negotiator said Sunday.The resolution was passed at the end of a three-day “loya jirga” — a traditional Afghan meeting of tribal elders and other stakeholders sometimes held to decide on controversial issues.”In order to remove the hurdles for the start of peace talks, stopping bloodshed, and for the good of the public, the jirga approves the release of 400 prisoners as demanded by the Taliban…


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