The state minister for peace said that the leadership of council of reconciliation led by Dr. Abdullah will be formed soon. He added that efforts to resolve the political tension have had progress.

The state minister for peace said that the leadership of council of reconciliation led by Dr. Abdullah will be formed soon. He added that efforts to resolve the political tension have had progress.
The state minister for peace Abdul Salam Rahimi, in an interview with Tolonews, said that the Leadership of High Council for Peace and Reconciliation headed by Abdullah Abdullah will be formed soon and would determine the authorities of the negotiating team with the Taliban.
“In the very near future, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will take the responsibility of the council and will begin his work,” Rahimi said. “The (peace) process will move forward after he (Abdullah Abdullah) enters the process and takes the responsibility.”

On prisoner swap, Rahimi said the release of 15 key Taliban commanders depends on the developments in the peace process, adding these inmates have “complicated cases”.
“All prisoners will be released if we witness peace in Afghanistan,” he said.

The Afghan government has so far released 361 Taliban prisoners from Bagram prison. The National Security Council said the detainees had been released to facilitate the peace process and prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus in the prison, and that 1,139 other Taliban prisoners will to be released from other prisons in Afghanistan.

The Taliban have released 40 security forces so far. The government, however, says most of the released prisoners are civilians.


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