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Afghan president pardons Taliban prisoners

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a decree to pardon and release prisoners of the Taliban radical movement (banned in Russia). This was announced on Tuesday by TOLONews channel, citing a representative of the head of state.

It is noted that about 1.5 thousand people will be released. About 100 prisoners will be released daily. According to the channel, the biometric data of all released will be collected.

The pardons are also required to provide written assurances that they will no longer participate in hostilities.

On February 29, in Doha, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement. In accordance with it, negotiations between the Taliban and other Afghan parties on a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire were to begin on March 10.

Before the start of inter-Afghan negotiations, up to 5 thousand supporters of the movement and up to 1 thousand people held by the Taliban should be released as confidence-building measures.

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