WORLD US, Taliban to swap prisoners ahead of intra-Afghan talks

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US, Taliban to swap prisoners ahead of intra-Afghan talks

AFP

21:55, February 29, 2020

The US and the Taliban agreed to swap thousands of prisoners in a "confidence building measure" as part of a landmark deal on Afghanistan's future signed in Doha on Saturday.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani attend the signing of a US-Taliban agreement in the Qatari capital Doha on February 29, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

"Up to 5,000 prisoners of the (Taliban)... and 1,000 prisoners of the other side (Afghan forces) will be released by March 10," the deal said.

Dialogue between the Kabul government and the Taliban is due to begin by that date.

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