Afghan Taliban breaks silence over the Media Reports of Peace Deal with United States

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Afghan Taliban breaks silence over the Media Reports of Peace Deal with United States

*ISLAMABAD – **Afghan Taliban breaks silence over the Media Reports of Peace Deal with United States.*

*Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi, a senior Taliban leader and member of the political commission, said that the Afghan peace agreement would be signed by the end of this month.*

In a video message shared with journalists on Monday, he said that it had been decided that America would release 5,000 Taliban prisoners detained in Bagram jail. “In exchange, Taliban will hand over 1,000 prisoners to the United States,” he said.

Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi said: “Both sides have started the final draft of the peace agreement. Now talks are concluded. The agreement will be signed in Doha at the end of this month in the presence of the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union and representatives of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries.”

He said that before the agreement is signed, there will be a reduction in violence to create a proper atmosphere for the signing ceremony.

This is the first formal statement released by the Taliban since the United States announced a peace deal with the Taliban on Friday.