Sediqqi: Prisoner Exchange Completed Only When Taliban Release Detainees

The Presidential Palace said on Monday that the prisoner exchange process will be completed only after the release of the defence and security forces held captive by the Taliban.

Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said that the Afghan government hoped the Taliban would release the remaining prisoners as soon as possible.

“The captives of the defense and security forces are still with the Taliban and the exchange process has not been completed, and as soon as we make progress and the Taliban release them, the remaining 320 Taliban prisoners will be released,” he said.

The presidential palace has maintained its stance that they will release the remaining high-value 320 Taliban prisoners once the militant group release the 22 Afghan commandos they still had.

Sediqqi said he hoped the process will be completed for the intra-Afghan talks to start.

31 / August 2020
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