The Taliban on Tuesday liberated two Western prisoners following three years in imprisonment, including an American teacher, in return for three agitators caught during the long-running war in Afghanistan.
American Kevin C. Lord, 63, and Australian Timothy J. Weeks, 50, who both instructed at American University in Kabul before they were captured in 2016, were discharged to American unique tasks powers.
Consequently, the Afghan government discharged guerilla Anas Haqqani, the sibling of a Taliban chief; Hafiz Abdul Rashid, a senior Taliban leader held since 2014; and Hajji Mali Khan, a senior authority and uncle to a Taliban representative. They were traveled to Qatar, where the Taliban has a political office.
The trade was made after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani counseled with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security guide Robert O’Brien. The discharges were consulted by U.S. agent Zalmay Khalilzad, who’s been working with the Taliban for a considerable length of time on a potential harmony arrangement to end 18 years of U.S. military association in Afghanistan. Ghani declared the contingent exchange a week ago.
A White House proclamation said that King and Weeks were both accepting therapeutic treatment from their imprisonment and would be come back to their nations sooner rather than later. The announcement expressed gratitude toward the Afghan government for their job in liberating the instructors.
“President Ashraf Ghani has made numerous valiant strides in the reason for harmony,” the announcement said. “He stretched out an idea to converse with the Taliban without preconditions right around two years prior. Besides, he required a truce during the Muslim occasion of Eid-al-Fitr in 2018, which the Taliban responded, and which exhibited the Afghans’ mind-boggling want for harmony.”
Some Afghan legislators condemned the arrival of three caught Taliban – especially Haqqani, whose father Jalaluddin Haqqani is the author of the Haqqani aggressor organize.
“The choice to discharge Anas Haqqani clarifies one point: That different nations and other individuals are settling on choices in this nation, not the administration,” Afghan administrator Ali Akbar Jamshidi said.