The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s announcement regarding the release of Taliban prisoners.

Pompeo in a statement said “We also welcome President Ghani’s announcement that he will issue a decree March 10 on Taliban prisoner release and the formation of a national team for intra-Afghan negotiations.”

He also added “We appreciate Dr. Abdullah’s statement March 9 underscoring similar commitments to peace and inclusivity.”

President Ghani had earlier opposed with the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners which was included in the peace agreement between the United States and Taliban group.

Reacting to release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners ahead of intra-Afghan talks, Ghani said the release of Taliban militants should not be included as a prerequisite for the launch of intra-Afghan talks.

The U.S. and Taliban group signed a peace deal late last month after observing a 7-day reduction in violence.

The deal is expected to pave the way for the launch of intra-Afghan talks following the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners which was initially rejected by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.


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