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Afghan government says negotiations with Taliban slated to start in 'week's time'


The official announcements from both sides inject much needed life into the embattled peace process in Afghanistan after months of limited, if any, progress.

Afghani President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul in March. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Long-awaited direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban will start in a week, the government of President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday.

In addition, the government said it would "soon" complete its part in the long-awaited and controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban.

“The Islamic Republic will soon complete the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners,” according ...


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