Senior Afghan officials told media organizations Saturday the five prisoners have given their consent to the transfer to the Gulf state. The transfer still needs to be approved by the United States, and several U.S. lawmakers with knowledge of the proposal have voiced strong opposition.
The possible deal is meant as an incentive for the Taliban to "begin serious peace talks" with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
One of Mr. Karzai's representatives met with the Taliban prisoners earlier this week to secure their consent for the transfer.
The Afghan Taliban have reportedly begun preliminary talks with U.S. officials in Qatar and have previously announced plans to open a political office there. VoA.
The group has repeatedly refused to negotiate with the Afghan government. The Karzai government does not support the release or negotiations with Taliban Terrorists involved. The Taliban have stated they will not be bound by any "negotiations" secured by such talks. And the Obama Administration has already set a timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan which is the key demand of the Taliban.
The Taliban espouse a ban on education for women, the right of men to beat their wives, and a return to the tyrannical dictatorship they held pre-9/11. The Taliban and Al-Qaeda remain staunch allies and continue to train, finance, and live together.