Trump praises Afghanistan’s Ghani for helping in hostages’ release

Trump praises Afghanistan’s Ghani for helping in hostages’ release

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Washington, Nov 22:  US President Donald Trump praised Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for his support in the release of two Western hostages in Taliban captivity, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said.

"Today, President Donald J Trump spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan during a telephone call to express appreciation for President Ghani’s support in freeing hostages Kevin King and Timothy Weeks," Deere said a statement on Thursday.

On Tuesday, US national Kevin King and Australian national Timothy Weeks were handed over to foreign forces in Afghanistan in exchange for three senior commanders of the Haqqani network, which is part of the Taliban.

The two men, both American University lecturers, were kidnapped by the Taliban in 2016.

During their conversation, Trump and Ghani also discussed the Afghan peace process, emphasizing that a reduction in violence in the country is crucial to making progress on any intra-Afghan negotiations.

Both leaders reaffirmed their mutual mission to defeat terrorist threats against the United States and Afghanistan.

Earlier on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed hope that the latest prisoner exchange, along with a reduction in violence in Kabul the past few days, could lead to success in the intra-Afghan peace talks. (UNI)