Taliban, Afghan authorities to debate prisoner launch


Afghanistan’s National Security Council mentioned on Wednesday that officers from the Afghan authorities will meet with Taliban members to debate an preliminary launch of prisoners.

“To carry out these further discussions, a Taliban team will meet with the government face-to-face in Afghanistan in the coming days”, the NSC tweeted.

The announcement got here after the 2 sides met by way of video convention. The Taliban mentioned on Wednesday that the discharge of prisoners by the Afghan authorities would start by the tip of March.

Earlier this month, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to launch 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks with the Taliban. It later postponed the plan, triggering additional tensions.

The Taliban mentioned the group wouldn’t begin negotiations with the Afghan authorities till all 5,000 prisoners have been freed, as agreed within the US-Taliban peace deal.

The deal has suffered additional setbacks due to a political feud between Ghani and his fundamental rival, Abdullah Abdullah, that has held up the appointment of a negotiation staff.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday introduced a $1 billion minimize in American support to Afghanistan after he did not persuade Ghani and Abdullah to finish the feud. He additionally mentioned the US is ready to chop one other $1 billion price of help in 2021.