Issued on: 02/09/2020 – 10:44
The Afghan government has despatched a "technical team" to Qatar to prepare for long-delayed peace talks as authorities pressed ahead with the release of Taliban inmates, officials said Wednesday.
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Kabul broke an impasse with the insurgent group on Monday by resuming a protracted prisoner exchange, a key hurdle in the two warring sides launching negotiations in Doha.
"The process of releasing the Taliban prisoners will continue today too," a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, the body leading the peace process, confirmed the ongoing release.
"All obstacles have been removed," said spokesman Firdon Khawzon. "The prisoners' exchange will be completed soon."
Kabul had baulked at the release of the final 400 Taliban inmates who President Ashraf Ghani said were "a danger to the world".
Their release was also opposed by Paris and Canberra because those on the list included militants tied to the killing of French and Australian civilians and troops in Afghanistan.
It is not known if those militants have been released.
The Taliban have said they are willing to begin peace talks "within a week" of the prisoner exchange being complRead More – Source