Afghanistan has refused to release more prisoners until the Taliban do, meaning important peace talks set to take place this week have stalled once again. France and Australia are backing Afghanistan’s position.

The Afghan government said Monday it would not release the remaining 320 Taliban prisoners, stalling peace talks that are set to go ahead in a couple of days. France and Australia previously spoke out against the release.

Only last week, a traditional council reached an agreement to release a final 400 prisoners. Some of the prisoners set to be releases have committed violent attacks on Afghans and foreigners.

Since then the Afghan administration has released 80 prisoners, but then halted its release program.

The 400 prisoners should have been the last of 5,000 Taliban released by Kabul in return for 1,000 Afghan security personnel held by the militants. Read more on DW

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