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Afghanistan to release 400 Taliban prisoners

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:08 PM, 7 August 2020   Updated: 11:09 PM, 7 August 2020

Afghanistan to release 400 Taliban prisoners

Afghanistan to release 400 Taliban prisoners

The Afghan government has decided to release 400 Taliban prisoners as part of a peace agreement signed between the armed group and the United States.

The decision came after an important meeting in the capital, Kabul, on Friday with the participation of thousands of Afghan elders, community leaders and politicians have gathered in the capital Kabul.

A peace deal was signed between the United States and the Taliban in February this year. The agreement calls for the immediate release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners.

President Ashraf Ghani's government has released all but 400, saying their crimes were too grave. Prisoners were convicted of various crimes including murder and kidnapping.

More than 3,000 people from all walks of life attended Friday's meeting to discuss whether Taliban members should be released. That's where the decision comes from.

Afghans have been welcoming the peace deal to end the 19-year-old war in Afghanistan. At the same time, Washington will withdraw US troops from the country, which was mentioned in the agreement.

Earlier, a joint statement from the United States and the Afghan government said, "If the Taliban keep their promises under the US-Taliban agreement, the joint forces will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan within the next 14 months."

Although bombings occur almost all the time in Afghanistan. Many civilians are dying. This threatens the peace agreement. More than 2,400 US troops have been killed so far in clashes between the Taliban and US forces. Many armed Taliban fighters lost their lives.

US President Donald Trump has also promised to end the conflict in the country. Many people have been killed so far in the Afghan war. Afghans are waiting for peace in the country.

DailyBangladesh/SA