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Afghan govt, Taliban agree to swap prisoners in meeting facilitated by Qatar, US
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Afghan govt, Taliban agree to swap prisoners in meeting facilitated by Qatar, US

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Qatar, the US and the Red Cross facilitated the second technical meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Tuesday to discuss a prisoner swap.
The two parties agreed to release prisoners with each other by March 31 this year. Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs termed the decision "an important and positive step in the right direction".
The United States last month signed a historic agreement with the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan and an end to the country's 18-year conflict.
According to a joint declaration published by the U.S. and Afghan governments on February 29, the United States and NATO would withdraw all troops in Afghanistan within 14 months if the Taliban upheld the commitments made in the agreement.
"All sides conveyed their strong commitment to a reduction of violence, intra-Afghan negotiations, and a comprehensive and permanent cease-fire," Khalilzad said. 
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