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Trump, Qatari Emir discuss Taliban violence, release of prisoners in Afghanistan

The U.S. President Donald Trump and the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani discussed the Taliban-led violence and the release of prisoners in Afghanistan.

The two sides agreed on the importance of the Taliban reducing violence in Afghanistan, Reuters reported citing the White House statement.

The two leaders also agreed on the importance of continuing discussions on prisoner releases in Afghanistan, the statement said.

This comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant during the recent weeks amid ongoing efforts to find a negotiated political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government released another batch of the militants on Monday.

“Pursuant to President Ghani’s decree, 71 Taliban prisoners from seven provinces (Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan, Faryab, Uruzgan, Baghlan) were released today based on their age, health and length of remaining sentence as part of our efforts toward peace and battling COVID-19,” Javid Faisal, a spokesperson for the office of the National Security Council.

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