In the capital of Afghanistan, in an atmosphere of the strictest security measures, the Loya Jirga is being held, a traditional meeting of elders and leaders of large tribes and ethnic groups.
The exchange of prisoners is in progress between the authorities and the Taliban in Afghanistan,. However, official Kabul refuses to release about 400 fighters convicted of grave crimes. As was reported earlier, the issue of releasing the captured Taliban will be decided at the national assembly of the Afghan people’s representatives that began work on August 7, and is expected to be held from three to five days.
President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that if 400 prisoners were released, the Taliban leaders promised to start negotiations within three days.
The participants in the All-Afghan Council were asked to formulate their opinion not only on the release of 400 prisoners, but also to work out recommendations for the delegation of official Kabul in the upcoming negotiations with the leadership of the Taliban movement.
It is expected that at the end of the forum, a final declaration will be adopted. The national meeting is attended by 3200 delegates, and Head of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah was elected its chairman. Most Afghan politicians reacted positively to the Jirga.
At the end of February this year in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and the Deputy Head of the Taliban movement signed the first peace agreement in more than 18 years of war, which provides for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 14 months and the beginning of an inter-Afghan dialogue after the prisoner exchange deal.