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Kabul releases thousands Taliban to ‘ensure the success of the peace process’

KABUL, (BM) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced the release of 2,000 Taliban captives after militants proposed a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of the Muslim Eid Al-Fitr (Uraza-Bairam) Muslim festival of conversation, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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According to sources, Gani emphasized that the release of prisoners will be a goodwill gesture, which is designed to “ensure the success of the peace process.” The president added that his government was ready to continue negotiations with the group.

Previously, the ceasefire in the country was supported by the UN. They noted that a ceasefire would allow believers to calmly celebrate Eid al-Fitr. According to organization spokesman Stefan Dujarric, a truce “can put an end to the suffering in Afghanistan.”

Recall that at the end of February in Doha (Qatar), representatives of the United States and the Taliban signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war. It provides that the States will reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, and then, if the Taliban refrain from violence, they will continue to withdraw both their forces and NATO forces within 14 months.

Under the agreement, an inter-Afghan dialogue should begin after the prisoner exchange deal. In exchange, the Taliban leaders pledged to abandon the use of Afghan territory to attack the United States and other countries. However, Kabul, under various pretexts, dragged on the process of releasing the detained militants. After this, the Taliban attacks continued.

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