The Afghan government released nearly 600 prisoners of the Taliban
The Afghan government has agreed to release nearly 600 Taliban after reviewing the list with the names of prisoners, the release of which requires a radical grouping "the Taliban" for negotiations, according to TV channel Tolo News, citing a source.
Previously the TV station 1TV News reported that Afghan authorities said the refusal to let go of 597 prisoners, the release of which requires a "Taliban". The Department of prisons indicated that most of those prisoners convicted of criminal offenses, murder.
According to Tolo News, after revising the list, the government is ready to release 592 Talib.
It is reported that the authorities have released 4019 the Taliban prisoners. In turn, the Taliban demand Afghan authorities to release 5 thousand prisoners on the basis of an agreement with the United States. The Taliban, according to the channel, freed 737 prisoners.
The representative of the President of Afghanistan Sedik Sedici said earlier that the government is set to start negotiations, but the full release of the Taliban prisoners is important. The former commander of the Taliban Sayed Akbar Agha also said that the movement insists on the release of prisoners before the inter-Afghan negotiations.
At the end of February at a ceremony in Qatar, the US and the Taliban signed their first for more than 18 years of war a peace agreement, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of an intra-Afghan dialogue after the transaction for the exchange of prisoners.