The Afghan government on Wednesday released 100 Taliban prisoners amdi ongoing peace efforts, the National Security Council (NSC) said.

“Pursuant to President Ghani’s decree of March 11, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan released 100 Taliban prisoners today based on their health condition, age and length of remaining sentence as part of our efforts for peace and containment of COVID-19,” according to a statement released by NSC.

The statement further added that the 100 prisoners were on the broader list that the Taliban technical team shared and discussed during meetings with the technical team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kabul.

“The National Directorate of Security and the Attorney General’s Office thoroughly vetted the prisoners, who have taken an oath never to return to the battlefield,” the statement said, adding that “The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received the same assurance from the group’s leadership in Doha.”

The statement also added that “Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan remains open continuing joint technical work with the Taliban in order to advance the peace process.”

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