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US calls hostages’ release in Afghanistan ‘hopeful sign’

American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors at the American University in Kabul, were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered on Tuesday and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the United States Government.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Taliban have indicated that the release of the two professors is intended as a goodwill gesture, which the United States welcomes. Both Pompeo and the White House commended Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government for working to strengthen and reform Afghanistan’s security forces. While President Ashraf Ghani said last week the decision was “a tough, but important” one and a “humanitarian gesture”.

The US on Tuesday welcomed the release of two hostages by the Taliban in Afghanistan, describing it a hopeful sign for efforts to end the decades-long conflict in the country. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors at the American University in Kabul, were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered on Tuesday and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the United States Government.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Taliban have indicated that the release of the two professors is intended as a goodwill gesture, which the United States welcomes. Both Pompeo and the White House commended Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan government for working to strengthen and reform Afghanistan’s security forces.
While President Ashraf Ghani said last week the decision was “a tough, but important” one and a “humanitarian gesture”.

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