Afghan government to push for ceasefire in talks with Taliban

Afghan government negotiators will push for a ceasefire when talks begin with the Taliban, a top official said Sunday, signalling that the two foes could parley for a long time. A date for the opening round of talks to be hosted in Doha has not been set, but both sides indicated that negotiations could begin… Continue reading Afghan government to push for ceasefire in talks with Taliban

Afghan govt frees more Taliban prisoners, paving way for talks

The Afghan government said Thursday it had released 400 Taliban prisoners under an exchange deal with the militants, except for “a few” opposed by foreign nations, and expected peace negotiations to start soon. The two warring sides have grown closer this week to launching direct talks in Qatar, wrapping up a contentious and months-long prisoner… Continue reading Afghan govt frees more Taliban prisoners, paving way for talks