Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Rejects Release Of Taliban Prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Rejects Release Of Taliban Prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Rejects Release Of Taliban Prisoners

Afghan President,  Ashraf Ghani has stated that his government didn’t pledge to release Taliban prisoners, as stated in a deal reached by the US and the militants.

Under the landmark agreement signed on Saturday in Qatar, 5,000 Taliban would be released in exchange for up to 1,000 government detainees by 10 March.

Mr Ghani said such a prisoner release “cannot be a prerequisite for talks”, but must be part of negotiations.

The US-Taliban agreement includes a phased withdrawal of US troops.

In return, the hard-line Islamist group agreed to hold peace talks with the Afghan government.

The deal also commits the Taliban to prevent al-Qaeda and all other extremist groups from operating in the areas they control.

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