The Taliban stated it will on Sunday launch its first prisoners in a delayed trade cope with the Afghan authorities, a possible breakthrough after the insurgents walked out of talks with Kabul final week.
The announcement comes as fears rose that an avenue for fragile peace talks between the 2 sides was being undercut by mounting disagreements over the prisoner swap, thought of key to paving the way in which for negotiations.
“Today, 20 prisoners of the Kabul administration might be launched,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen stated on Twitter, including that the group could be handed over to representatives of the Red Cross within the southern metropolis of Kandahar. The deal requires the federal government to launch 5,000 Taliban prisoners in trade for 1,000 authorities officers held by the Taliban insurgents.
The exchanges come after the Taliban met with the pinnacle of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to name for an finish to what they are saying is a rise in American assaults since a peace deal was signed in February, allegations the U.S. army denied.
On Saturday, a U.S. army spokesman known as on the Taliban to cease attacking Afghan safety forces, whom he stated American troops would proceed to help in accordance with the settlement. He spoke on the situation of anonymity consistent with rules.
The peace deal is aimed toward paving the way in which for the U.S. to extricate itself from the 19-year warfare, America’s longest.
The spokesman confirmed that Gen. Scott Miller met with the Taliban “as a part of the army channel established within the settlement” to debate methods to scale back the violence. According to the Taliban’s Shaheen, the assembly was held late Friday within the Gulf nation of Qatar, the place the rebel group maintains a political workplace. Shaheen tweeted that the 2 sides held “critical” discussions. He stated the Taliban known as for a halt to assaults in opposition to civilians. The U.S. army says it doesn’t goal noncombatants.