Afghanistan's grand council ends with call for Taliban talks

An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended last week with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. The council – known as Loya Jirga – brought together more than 3,200 politicians, tribal elders, prominent figures and others to hammer out a shared strategy for future negotiations with the Taliban.

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