The Afghan government 102 Taliban prisoners, a day after releasing a group of 98 prisoners, vowing that more Taliban prisoners would be released upon the launch of talks.

“Pursuant to Pres. @ashrafghani decree, the gov’t released 102 Taliban yesterday. Over 850 has been released, getting us more than halfway to 1,500. More can be released upon the start of talks. Taliban should resume release of ANDSF personnel off the list the gov’t has shared,” Javid Faisal, a spokesperson for the Office of National Security Council said in a Twitter post.

This comes as Taliban had earlier welcomed the release of at least 300 prisoners of the group but added that the current pace of prisoners release is inadequate to help the launch of intra-Afghan talks.

“In the last 3 days, our 300 prisoners were released from the Kbl Adm. prisons which we welcome,” Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperson for the political office of Taliban said in a Twitter post.

The Office of the National Security Council on Monday announced that the government released the 98 Taliban prisoners from Pul-e Charkhi prison on Sunday evening.

The government 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, according to a statement released by Office of National Security Council.

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