Afghans Welcome Gov’t-Taliban Prisoners’ Swap as Step Towards intra-Afghan Talks

Afghans have welcomed the exchange of prisoners between the government and the Taliban outfit as a step towards initiating intra-Afghan talks to find negotiated solution to the country’s prolonged war.

The government of Afghanistan freed 100 Taliban prisoners from Bagram prison on April 8 and since then 361 detainees have been released, according to Javid Faisal, the spokesman for National Security Council.

“The government released 361 Taliban prisoners from Bagram prison under the presidential decree of March 11. As per the decree, releases will continue across other prisons to free a total of 1,500 as part of our efforts to advance peace,” Faisal writes in his Twitter account on Monday.

In the same manner, the Taliban outfit has also set free 20 detainees of the government and handed them over to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in southern Kandahar province.

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