The Taliban reject the Afghan President’s offer of prisoners in exchange for a reduction in violence

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The Afghan Taliban movement announced today, Wednesday, its rejection of the offer of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in which he declared the possibility of a gradual release and within months of 5,000 prisoners in exchange for reducing the frequency of violence in a “remarkable form.”
“Five thousand prisoners must be released as part of the confidence-building measures, and this should happen before the Afghan internal talks, and any change to that amounts to a” violation “of the agreement concluded between the rebels and Washington in Doha last month, said a spokesman for the Afghan movement, Suhail Shaheen. According to Agence France-Presse.
Shahin’s statements come after Ghani issued a decree stating that the government will release 1,500 prisoners from Saturday, but only if the rebels reduce violence.
Another 3,500 prisoners are supposed to be released after the talks start, according to a spokesperson speaking through his official Twitter account.
It is worth noting that the prisoner exchange is one of the main points in the agreement concluded by the United States and the Taliban in Qatar on February 29.
Although Kabul was not a signatory to the agreement, the agreement provided for the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, held by the Afghan authorities, which led to an angry response from Ghani.



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