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Welcoming The Ceasefire, The Afghan President Pledged To Speed Up The Release Of Taliban Prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (Source: AFP)

According to the Afghan president, the commitment to speeding up the release of Taliban prisoners is a step forward of a responsible government.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on May 24 pledged to speed up the release of Taliban prisoners after welcoming a rebel proposal to enforce a three-day ceasefire during Eid al-Fitr (ending) holy month of Ramadan).

In a speech to the whole country on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, President Ghani said: 
"As a responsible government, we take one more step forward - I declare that I will release the prisoners. Taliban."
He also urged Taliban forces to quickly release the Afghan security agents they arrested.

Earlier, on May 23, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire, which began on May 23, on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr, after the rebel group made a series of attacks and bloodshed on Afghan forces in recent months.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated: 
“The leadership instructed all Islamic Kingdom's militants to take special measures to ensure the security of the people of the country, and not to proceed any campaign aimed at enemies anywhere.”

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