Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation of the IRA and head of the Loya Jirga, (All-Afghan Council of Elders), announced a preliminary decision to release the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners.
According to him, all 50 committees of the Loya Jirga assembly had supported the release of the prisoners. He said that once the prisoners are released, intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha will begin.
At a press conference in Kabul, a senior official said that the final decision on releasing the prisoners would be announced today.
The Loya Jirga, a traditional meeting of Afghan tribal elders and leaders of large tribes and ethnic groups, is being held in Kabul amid the strictest security measures. The assembly will last three to five days. Some 3,200 people have been invited to the Loya Jirga.