President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced the release of 175 Taliban prisoners as an apparent gesture of goodwill towards peace process.

In his closing remarks at the gathering, President Ghani called on Taliban to send a delegation to receive the prisoners in Kabul or any other province.

He also called on Taliban to prepare for peace talks inside Afghanistan as he welcomed the resolution adopted by the delegates of the Jirga, vowing that the government will take steps to implement the demand of the participants of the gathering for a ceasefire.

Calling on Taliban to declare a ceasefire during the month of Ramadan, President Ghani said the government is ready to declare a ceasefire provided that the Taliban group is also ready for a ceasefire.

In other parts of his speech, President Ghani thanked NATO and the United States for their support to Afghanistan and the Afghan peace process.

The consultative peace Jirga concluded earlier today in Kabul after several days of debates among 3,200 delegates to specify the limits of peace process.

A 23-article resolution was also issued at the end of the summit, mainly focusing on declaration of an immediate ceasefire and launch of intra-Afghan dialogue.


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