Washington reacted to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s announcement for the release of 2,000 Taliban prisoners, reciprocating the declaration of ceasefire during Eid Days.

“Last night I and Dr. Abdullah received a call from Sec Mike Pompeo. He thanked the Afghan government for initiating the brave process of releasing up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners. He asserted that the U.S. will push for a long-term ceasefire/RiV and start of direct negotiations,” Ghani said in a Twitter post.

Ghani, on Monday, responded to the gesture of goodwill by Taliban group and vowed to release 2,000 Taliban prisoners.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani convened a meeting in ARG Palace late on Sunday to discuss the release of Taliban prisoners in return to Taliban’s gesture of goodwill for announcing ceasefire during Eid Days.

Ghani had earlier ordered the Afghan forces to return to defense posture while welcoming the announcement of ceasefire by Taliban during Eid Days.

In his speech on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, Ghani vowed that the government would expedite the release of Taliban prisoners.


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