Afghan Taliban proposes August timeline for talks with government

The Taliban is prepared to hold peace talks with the Afghan government next month, straight after the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha, provided an ongoing prisoner swap is completed, SIA reports referring to foreign media.

Thursday's conditional offer by the militant group marks the first occasion a talks timeline has been floated since warring parties blew past a March 10 deadline to begin negotiations.

The development comes amid soaring violence that has threatened to derail US-backed efforts to bring Kabul and the Taliban to the negotiating table and seek an end to Afghanistan's nearly 19-year war.

The Taliban is "likely ... ready to begin intra-Afghan negotiations immediately after Eid in case the process of the release of the prisoners is completed", the insurgents' political spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Twitter.

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