Exchange of Af-Taliban prisoners begins

KABUL: Afghanistan will release some Taliban prisoners this week as part of a confidence-building measure crucial to the success of the peace agreement signed between America and the Taliban will end almost two decades of war, officials said on Wednesday.

A three-member Taliban team arrived at Kabul On Tuesday a prisoner exchange process began and he met with Afghan officials despite a national blockade implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Secretary of State of the United States of America Mike Pompeo he called the developments good news.

A Taliban spokesman said on Wednesday that at least 100 captured Taliban fighters would be released soon, the first step in the final exchange of 6,000 prisoners held by the Afghan government and the insurgent group. One hundred prisoners will be released in the first batch, then both sides will assess whether releasing 100 a day is working well or not, said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militant group.

Mujahid said negotiations were underway for the medical review of those released. The Taliban were making transportation arrangements to ensure that the freed old and sick fighters were received by their families, but had no plans to provide financial assistance.