Ghani Speaks To French President About Release Of Taliban Prisoners

President Ashraf Ghani spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron about the Taliban prisoner release and the peace process on Friday.

The Presidential Palace said that the two leaders discussed the expansion of bilateral cooperation, the Afghan peace process, continuation of French aid to the country and the release of Taliban prisoners.

Macron assured Ghani of their support to Afghanistan and the peace process and emphasized that the Afghan government has fulfilled all its obligations to peace and that it was time for the Taliban to fulfil their commitments by announcing a ceasefire.

Paris especially assured Ghani of their continued support in the fields of peace and development.

This telephone conversation came after the peace consultative Loya Jirga approved the release of 400 Taliban prisoners, following which the French Foreign Ministry had asked Afghanistan to not releasing some Taliban fighters.

France had said, “It [France] firmly opposes the liberation of individuals convicted of crimes against French nationals, in particular soldiers and humanitarian workers. As a result, we have immediately asked the Afghan authorities not to proceed with the release of these terrorists.”

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliatio, said last Thursday, that the intra-Afghan talks are likely to start the coming week.

Acting Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar also said that the release of the 400 Taliban prisoners would be completed by the end of this week.

29 / August 2020
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