According to a statement issued by the Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the acting minister of the Afghan foreign affairs held a trilateral meeting with Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, a special presidential envoy of the Russian federation for Afghanistan and Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ special envoy for the Afghan peace.

The officials from all three countries reiterated their commitment to the Afghan peace process, discussing on the process of prisoner releases, a reduction in violence and a permanent ceasefire, and the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations.

As a part of the discussion, the participants also agreed on the necessity of regional and international cooperation “as key to sustaining the intra-Afghan negotiations” and “to the success of the peace process,” the statement further added.

The trilateral meeting comes as the Afghan government and the insurgent group both have released a significant number of prisoners, and will soon start the intra-Afghan talks once a key condition of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal is fulfilled.

As a confidence-building measure in the peace process, the Afghan government and the Taliban group must work with the coordination and approval of all relevant sides to push the process of prisoner swap forward” strongly—a main part of the agreement reached between the United States and the insurgents.

The agreement calls for the release of up to 5,000 jailed Taliban prisoners who are set to be released in exchange for up to 1,000 Afghan government captives.

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Afghanistan, U.S., Russia Hold Trilateral Discussion on Afghan Peace



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