Afghanistan did not commit to release 5,000 Taleban prisoners: President Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan did not commit to release 5,000 Taleban prisoners: President Ashraf Ghani

The Straits Times - World·2020-03-01 14:34

KABUL (REUTERS) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday (March 1) a Taleban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with the Afghan government and civilians, included in a deal between the United States and the Islamist militants.

His remarks come against the backdrop of the difficulties US negotiators face in shepherding the Afghan government and Taleban towards intra- Afghan negotiations, according to Western diplomats.

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