Eid al-Fitr: Afghan president Ghani vows to speed up release of Taliban prisoners

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vowed Sunday to speed up the release of Taliban prisoners after welcoming an offer by the insurgents of a three-day ceasefire during the Eid holiday.

“As a responsible government we take one more step forward -- I announce that I will expedite the Taliban prisoner releases,” Ghani said in an address to the nation marking Eid al-Fitr holiday.

He also urged the militants to press on with the release of Afghan security personnel they hold.

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