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Afghan Leader Rejects Prisoner Release in US-Taliban Deal

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan,…

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Sunday his government has made no commitment to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners as part of a landmark peace deal the United States signed with the Islamist insurgent group Saturday.

Ghani told a news conference in Kabul the demand for the release of insurgent prisoners cannot be a prerequisite for opening intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. He insisted the insurgent demand could be included in the agenda of the upcoming dialogue.

“The authority to release prisoners rests with the Afghan government and not the United States,” Ghani said, adding his government would not accept any pressure on read more >>>

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