Afghanistan will transfer to Qatar seven prisoners whose release has been demanded by the Taliban ahead of peace talks set to start this week.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners as part of a new ceasefire that could lead to long-delayed peace talks.
Afghanistan authorities said on Tuesday 900 more Taliban prisoners will be released, as calls grew for the militants to extend a cease-fire on its third and final day.
The proposed release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, required under their peace deal with the US, can happen only if the Afghan government gets a guarantee that they will not “return to violence”, President Ashraf Ghani said.
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