How significant is prisoner swap between US and Afghanistan? | Inside Story

The Taliban has released US Navy veteran Mark Frerichs in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader.

Frerichs was abducted in February 2020 while Haji Bashar Noorzai was serving a life sentence for smuggling heroin.
US President Joe Biden says the decision was not taken lightly.
The Taliban says this is a new era of relations with Washington.

But will it change anything?

And are diplomatic ties between Taliban and the US even possible?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guests:

Peter Zwack, retired Brigadier General in the US Army

Graeme Smith, Senior Consultant on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group

Ahmad Shuja Jamal, former Director General of International Relations and Regional Cooperation at the National Security Council of Afghanistan

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