The Presidential Palace (ARG) confirmed on Monday evening on Twitter that the decree had been signed at a ceremony attended by senior Afghan leaders.
Ghani said on Sunday, after the Loya Jirga’s resolution on the prisoner issue had been issued, that he would respect the decision of the Jirga and release the prisoners – some of whom have been accused of having masterminded some of the deadliest attacks in the country over the past 19 years.
In February, the US and the Taliban signed an agreement in Doha which was a conditions-based deal in order to start negotiations.
One of the conditions on the Taliban’s part was that the Afghan government release 5,000 of its members.
Ghani duly did so but held back on the final batch of 400 who were seen as hardcore Taliban militants.
However, in the interests of working for peace, this weekend’s peace Jirga delegates, made up of over 3,200 tribal elders, community leaders and politicians, from around the country, decided the inmates should be freed.
The Taliban has said for weeks that once these prisoners are released they will agree to meet with the Afghan peace negotiating team.
Earlier Monday, government stated that talks would likely start on Sunday in Doha between the two peace negotiating teams. The Afghan government’s team is expected to leave Kabul on Wednesday.
Early Monday, the Taliban’s spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Reuters: “We are ready to sit for talks within a week from when we see our prisoners released. We are ready.”
It was not however clear on Monday night when the prisoners would in fact be freed.