New Breakthrough development Reported in Afghan Peace deal
ISLAMABAD - New Breakthrough development Reported in Afghan Peace deal.
President Ashraf Ghani, who took the oath of office for president for a second term on Monday, vowed to issue a decree on the release of Taliban prisoners on Tuesday, and he also said that on the same day the negotiating team will be finalized.
The release of up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners from the Afghan government’s custody is part of the US-Taliban deal that is intended to open the way for intra-Afghan negotiations, for which Ghani’s administration must announce a negotiating team.
US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the US charge de affaires Ross Wilson, the US and NATO forces commander Gen. Scott Miller and the ambassadors of the EU, Canada, Australia, Spain, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Turkmenistan India, and Pakistan attended the swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
“I will issue a decree tomorrow (Tuesday) on the details of the process,” Ghani said, referring to the prisoners’ release. “Fortunately, we have achieved a framework so that there is a comprehensive reduction in violence in exchange for the prisoners' release.”
He said the negotiating team will be finalized on Tuesday.
“This negotiating team has been finalized after consultations with influential figures, members of the civil society, women, youths and representatives of the ulema and different levels of people,” Ghani added.
He also said that his new cabinet will be formed within the next two weeks.
“The government that I will form in the near future will not be a monopoly of the State Builder team (Ghani's campaign team),” he added. “The end of the election is the victorious views and thoughts of the republic.”