The authorities of Afghanistan on Saturday released from prison another 50 militants of the radical movement “Taliban,” reports TOLO News channel, citing a source in the National Security Council.
Earlier, the representative of the political office of the Taliban movement in Qatar, Suheil Shaheen, said that the Taliban are ready to release all remaining Afghan prisoners until the evening of Eid al-Adha and start inter-Afghan negotiations at the end of the holiday if the exchange of prisoners is completed. Muslims celebrate this year’s Eid al-Adha sacrifice festival on July 31.
In total, the government of Afghanistan released more than 4.2 thousand Taliban. The Taliban demand that the Afghan authorities released five thousand prisoners based on an agreement with the United States.
In late February, at a ceremony in Qatar, the US and the Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of an inter-Afghan dialogue in March after a prisoner exchange deal.