The government so far released 4,019 prisoners and the Taliban has released 737 prisoners.
Earlier this week, The Afghan government revealed one of the main reasons behind the delay in the intra-Afghan negotiations, saying it is not releasing 597 prisoners of the 5,000 inmates that were to be freed as part of the US-Taliban agreement, because these prisoners are being held not only for being affiliated with the Taliban, but because they are allegedly guilty of serious “moral” crimes.
On Wednesday, the members of the government peace negotiating team said that the team is fully prepared to enter into talks with the Taliban once the date and location have been finalized.
“There are different options—we are ready to go to Doha, we hope that the Taliban get prepared as soon as possible so that we can sit together and seek ways for peace and make peace for a common future,” said Nader Nadery, a member of the peace negotiating team.
The members of the peace negotiating team also said that the High Council for National Reconciliation needs to complete its formation and define its agenda and its main principles for the intra-Afghan talks as soon as possible.
The 21-member peace negotiating team is currently working in four groups as part of their preparations for talks with the Taliban.
The Taliban has said that the group will not endorse the intra-Afghan talks unless the Afghan government releases its 5,000 prisoners from the jails.
The release of the Taliban prisoners is part of the US-Taliban deal signed in Doha in late February.
According to the Afghan government, so far, 4,015 Taliban prisoners have been released.