The eighth round of talks between the Taliban and the US has ended and now both sides will consult with their leadership on the next steps, a Taliban spokesperson said on Monday.
The eighth round of talks in Qatar concluded on Sunday night and was long and useful, Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson said in a statement.
Mujahid did not give further details about the outcome of the talks.
In the meantime, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in an Eid message on Twitter expressed his hope for achieving peace in Afghanistan.
“I hope this is the last Eid where Afghanistan is at war. I know Afghans yearn for peace. We stand with them and are working hard toward a lasting & honorable peace agreement and a sovereign Afghanistan which poses no threat to any other country,” he said.
The eighth round of US-Taliban peace talks wereheld in Doha, and Khalilzad had previously said that this round of talks would focus on the conditional withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has released 35 Taliban inmates in accordance with a Presidential Decree on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
The Presidential decree said, “Marking the Eid al-Adha and advancing peace talks with Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani ordered the release of 35 Taliban prisoners.”
“Because of peace and a lasting ceasefire, the Afghan government has always been open to dialogue, so that all parties to the conflict can end the war and reconcile. The release of these prisoners is also a clear example of the government’s strong will for peace negotiations and the end of the war,” the decree added.
NDS also called on all those who have been released to not get deceived again by the insurgents and cooperate with security forces for peace and stability.
This comes as Taliban also announced on Sunday that it had released 76 prisoners in Uruzgan, Kunduz, Khost and Sar-e Pul on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
The Presidential decree also ordered the release of nearly 900 Taliban prisoners from the country’s prisons in the previous Eid in 2019.
Afghan security forces have killed 29 insurgents during a series of operations across 11 provinces of the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Monday.
A press released by MoD said, around 146 joint clearance operations have been conducted and eight airstrikes were conducted in the country.
Based on the press release, as a result of the operations, 29 insurgents were killed and three others were wounded.
The press release said, as a result of air strikes in Ashkamsh district of Takhar province, 12 insurgents were killed and two others of them were wounded.
Also as a result of air strikes in Nahr-e Saraj and Kajaki districts of Helmand province, ten insurgents were killed. In another airstrike in Nerkh and Sayed Abad districts of Maidan Wardak province, 4 insurgents were killed, one of them injured and one of their vehicles was eliminated.
MoD added, that as a result of a clearance operation and airstrikes in Pul-e Alam district of Logar province, three insurgents including a prominent commander of Haqqani network were killed, one motorcycle was destroyed, and security forces seized six radios along with three identity cards and some other documents.