US, Taliban agree on prisoner swap ahead of talks

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar sign a peace agreement during a ceremony on February 29, 2020. (AFP)

The US and the Taliban agreed to swap thousands of prisoners in a “confidence building measure” as part of a landmark deal on Afghanistan’s future signed in Doha on Saturday.

“Up to 5,000 prisoners of the (Taliban)... and 1,000 prisoners of the other side (Afghan forces) will be released by March 10,” the deal said.

Dialogue between the Kabul government and the Taliban is due to begin by that date.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05