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5,000 Taliban prisoners to be released after the signing of peace deal with US: Shaheen

27 Feb 2020 The Khaama Press News Agency

The Taliban group and Afghan government are expected to exchange at least six thousand prisoners following the signing of peace deal between Taliban and Washington.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperson of the political office of Taliban in Qatar has confirmed to RFE/RL that the group would definitely launch intra-Afghan talks after the signing of the deal.

However, Shaheen said trust-building measures would be a prerequisite for the launch of the intra-Afgahn dialogue.

According to Shaheen, the Afghan government will release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in its first step to build trust and similarly the Taliban group will release 1,000 security personnel.

Shaheen also confirmed to RFE/RL that the Taliban group is expected to sign the peace deal with the United States on coming Saturday.

He also added that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will likely sign the agreement in Qatari capital of Doha, in the presence of the representatives of 26 countries.

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