Both the Taliban’s technical team and the government are negotiating on how to release and identify the prisoners, as well as obtaining guarantees from the released Taliban fighters not to return to the war, the presidency said.
An agreement on peace between the Taliban and the government has not yet been reached, but the US-Taliban peace agreement which was signed three months ago in Doha, Qatar says that the Afghan government should release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 prisoners from the Taliban side.
A Taliban delegation is now in Kabul negotiating the prisoner release.
However, the Taliban said that the team is in Kabul only to monitor the release of prisoners and has no further authority over other parts of the peace process.
The Afghan government and the Taliban in their latest actions came to an agreement about a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr.
The Afghan government is now urging the Taliban to take new and more practical steps in the process of starting Intra-Afghan Talks.
The presidency said that the government’s negotiating team is ready and the government is committed to take new measures.
Sediq Sediqqi, the presidential spokesman said that the Afghan government had taken major steps towards peace and it was time for the Taliban to show the green light.
Sources close to the Taliban said that the unannounced ceasefire by the group is ongoing, but they will not start the Intra-Afghan Talks until thousands of the Taliban prisoners are released.
The United States and the international community are waiting for the Afghan government and the Taliban to begin the first round of Intra-Afghan Talks, as the start of these talks could open new doors to the Afghan peace process.