The Afghan government released 98 more Taliban prisoners based on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s decree, the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said.

According to a statement released by ONSC, the government released the 98 Taliban prisoners from Pul-e Charkhi prison on Sunday evening.

The statement further added that the goverment took into consideration the health condition, age and remaining prison term of the inmates as well as the ongoing efforts aimed at supporting the peace process and countering the spread of coronavirus.

With the release of 98 more inmates, the Afghan government has so far released 748 Taliban prisoners from the jails, the Office of the National Security council adJavid Faisal, a spokesperson for the Office of National Security Council said Sunday that the government released 98 Taliban prisoners from jail on Saturday.

“Pursuant to President @ashrafghan’s decree, 98 Taliban prisoners were released yesterday (May 2nd) based on their age, health and length of remaining sentence as part of our efforts toward peace and battling COVID-19,” he said in a Twitter post.

This comes as efforts are underway to expedite the release of prisoners in a bid to help the peace process and subsequent launch of intra-Afghan talks in a bid to find a negotiated political settlement for the ongoing conflict.