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Taliban Say 20 Govt Prisoners Released

The Taliban released 20 government prisoners on Sunday, the group tweeted.

The Taliban sent photos of the allegedly released prisoners to TOLOnews and said they were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today in Kandahar province.

This comes as a third group of 100 Taliban prisoners was released by the Afghan government, the Office of the National Security Council said on Sunday.

The government started the process on Wednesday by releasing 100 prisoners, followed by another 100 inmates on Thursday, followed by the third group announced on Sunday.

The government has vowed to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners to move the peace process forward.

Based on the US-Taliban peace agreement, 5,000 prisoners of the group should be released by the Afghan government, and 1,000 prisoners should be released by the Taliban, to pave the way for intra-Afghan negotiations.

On Friday, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said “unidentified” prisoners were released by the Afghan government after a Taliban delegation tasked with coordinating with Afghan authorities had already left Kabul after meetings with the government team had ended without results.

Taliban Say 20 Govt Prisoners Released

So far 300 Talban prisoners have been released by the Afghan government.

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The Taliban released 20 government prisoners on Sunday, the group tweeted.

The Taliban sent photos of the allegedly released prisoners to TOLOnews and said they were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today in Kandahar province.

This comes as a third group of 100 Taliban prisoners was released by the Afghan government, the Office of the National Security Council said on Sunday.

The government started the process on Wednesday by releasing 100 prisoners, followed by another 100 inmates on Thursday, followed by the third group announced on Sunday.

The government has vowed to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners to move the peace process forward.

Based on the US-Taliban peace agreement, 5,000 prisoners of the group should be released by the Afghan government, and 1,000 prisoners should be released by the Taliban, to pave the way for intra-Afghan negotiations.

On Friday, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said “unidentified” prisoners were released by the Afghan government after a Taliban delegation tasked with coordinating with Afghan authorities had already left Kabul after meetings with the government team had ended without results.

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