Today, Friday, in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Supreme Council of Tribes "Loya Jirga", which lasts for three days, will discuss the fate of the remaining Taliban detainees in government prisons, which is the last obstacle to the launch of political negotiations between the Kabul authorities and the movement to stop the war and agree on the future Politician of the country, and the United States has called the Loya Jirga to release the remaining Taliban prisoners.
At least 3,000 leaders from all walks of society are meeting to consult with President Ashraf Ghani about the release of 400 Taliban prisoners, accused of serious crimes. The government has refused to release them until now, for its part, the Taliban insist on their release before launching any political negotiations with cable.
Consultations on the country's future are also high on the agenda of the tribal meeting, and Ghani told members of the Supreme Council of Tribes that the Taliban had pledged to start negotiations with the government within three days after the release of their detainees, and that "the decision of the Loya Jirga and your advice is very important."
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called in the Loya Jirga to release Taliban prisoners, promising to help in the event of moving forward in peace efforts, and urged both the Afghan President and President of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah and the rest of the Afghan leaders to seize the opportunity he described In historical terms. "We realize that the release of these prisoners is unpopular (...), but this difficult action will lead to an important and long-awaited result by Afghans and friends of Afghanistan: reducing violence, direct discussions leading to a peace agreement and an end to war," Pompeo said in a statement.
The US Secretary of State said that the Taliban were committed to engaging in conversations with government representatives after the release of these prisoners, and he indicated the movement’s commitment to reduce violence during these talks, in which the parties would decide a political road map to end the war, and agree to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
On February 29, the Qatari capital, Doha, hosted the signing of a historic agreement between the United States and the Taliban that would pave the way, according to a timetable, for a gradual American withdrawal from Afghanistan, and a prisoner exchange between the movement and government forces. The agreement stipulated the release of about 5 thousand Taliban prisoners, compared to about a thousand prisoners from the government, as well as the movement not allowing the Afghan territory to be used as a platform to attack the interests of America and its allies.
Afghanistan has been plagued by war since October 2001, when an international military alliance toppled the Taliban, because it was then linked to al Qaeda, which claimed the September 11 attacks of the same year in the United States.