Afghanistan did not commit to freeing 5,000 Taliban: Ashraf Ghani

KABUL: The government of Afghanistan He has not pledged to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners as indicated in a pact signed between the United States and militants, President Ashraf Ghani He said Sunday.

The Taliban’s demand for the release of their prisoners from Afghan prisons cannot be a precondition for conducting talks with the hardline group, Ghani told a news conference in the capital, Kabul.

Saturday's agreement between the United States and the Taliban said they were both committed to working to free combat prisoners and politicians as a confidence-building measure, with the coordination and approval of all relevant parties.

Up to March 10, up to 5,000 Taliban in jail will be released in exchange for up to 1,000 captives from the Afghan government, the pact added.

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