The Afghan government and Taliban discussed prisoners release via video teleconferencing on Sunday, the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace said.

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said in a Twitter post that the U.S. and Qatar facilitated the talks between the two sides.

“Today, the US and Qatar facilitated the first Afghan government to Taliban technical talks on prisoner releases, via Skype video conferencing,” Ambassador Khlailzad tweeted.

Taliban group is awaiting the release of at least 5,000 prisoners from Afghan jails following the signing of a peace deal with the United States late last month.

This comes as the Afghan government had earlier opposed the release of all 5,000 prisoners.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree earlier this month stating that the government would conditionally release the prisoners in three stages with the first batch of 1,500 prisoners to be released on 14th March.


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