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Afghan negotiating team to leave for Doha Wednesday, talks to begin Sunday

10 Aug 2020 1TV News

Afghan negotiating team is expected to travel to Doha on Wednesday for talks with the Taliban which will begin on Sunday, a source told 1TV.

Meanwhile, a source told 1TV that President Ashraf Ghani would sign the decree to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners late on Monday.

The Taliban have said that they would sit for talks within a week once their prisoners are released.

Under the US-Taliban deal signed in February, intra-Afghan talks were expected to begin on March 10. However, dispute over release of Taliban prisoners as a precondition delayed the talks.

The Afghan government freed 4,600 out of 5,000 Taliban prisoners the group were demanding and it convened a grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, over the fate of 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, which approved their release.

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