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FILE Image: Newly freed Taliban prisoners walk at Pul-e-Charkhi jail, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 13, 2020. Countrywide Safety Council of Afghanistan/Handout via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – France has questioned the Afghan federal government not to contain Taliban fighters convicted of killing French citizens in a prisoner release deal, the overseas ministry reported on Saturday.

The Afghan authorities has agreed to release four hundred “hard-core” prisoners as aspect of moves towards peace talks with the Taliban militants, and an formal stated on Friday that eighty of these convicts experienced been freed so much.

“France is significantly anxious by the existence, between the people liable to be introduced, of a number of terrorists convicted of killing French citizens in Afghanistan,” the overseas ministry mentioned in a statement.

“It firmly opposes the liberation of persons convicted of crimes towards French nationals, in particular soldiers and humanitarian personnel,” it said.

“As a consequence, we have right away requested the Afghan authorities not to progress with the launch of these terrorists.”

Disagreement about the launch of the prisoners, who include people today accused in link with some of Afghanistan’s bloodiest attacks, has currently delayed peace negotiations for months as the United States withdraws troops below a deal signed with the Taliban in February.

Reporting by Gus Trompiz Editing by Daniel Wallis

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