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Taliban rejects Afghan President's offer to release 1,500 prisoners


Taliban rejects Afghan President's offer to release 1,500 prisoners



The Taliban on 11 March rejected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer to release 1,500 insurgent prisoners ahead of peace talks, saying it wanted 5,000 captives freed before opening negotiations.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen said the prisoners should be released as a trust-building measure before intra-Afghan talks.

He said any changes would amount to a violation of the deal struck between the Taliban and the US in Doha last month.

Source: News On Air

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