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Freeing of 5 Gitmo prisoners can help peace process: Afghan official

Published on Jun 1, 2014 1:56 PM
This still image provided on Dec 7, 2010 by IntelCenter shows the Taleban associated video production group Manba al-Jihad Dec 7, 2010 release of US Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (left), who has been held hostage by the Taliban since his disappearance from his unit on June 30, 2009. Also with him in this clip appears to be Taliban commander Maulawi Sangin (right). -- PHOTO: AFP /HANDOUT-INTELCENTER

KABUL (AFP) - The release of five senior Taliban detainees from Guantanamo in exchange for that of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl bodes well for the resumption of peace talks, a senior member of Afghanistan's High Peace Council said on Sunday.

"It shows the government of Afghanistan's commitment toward peace talks. We are very optimistic that the release of these senior Taliban will help the peace process," Ismail Qasimyar told AFP.