Taliban prepares to hold peace talks with Afghan government

The Taliban have said that they are ready and prepared to hold peace talks with the Afghan government next month right after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, provided that the ongoing prisoner swap is done away with.

Reiterating the same, the insurgents’ political spokesman Suhail Shaheen tweeted, “The Taliban are likely … ready to begin intra-Afghan negotiations immediately after Eid in case the process of the release of the prisoners is completed.” Adding further he said, “Taliban were ready to release the remaining Afghan security force prisoners in their custody, as long as Kabul freed all insurgent inmates as per our list already delivered to authorities.”

The conditional offer comes as the first occasion of talks timeline that has been floated since warring parties blew past a March 10 deadline to commence negotiations.

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